Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates – 16 Dec 2016: Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Tonga

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These updates are provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Anti-Corruption Project for Southeast Asia, and the joint UNODC - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, with support of the Australian Government.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS:

Inside Job Exposed.  A former Ministry of Health and Medical Services accounts officer registered a private company and allegedly paid money she fraudulently obtained from the Ministry into her company’s bank account.

Source: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/11926-inside-job-exposed

PM Sogavare launches Anti-Corruption Strategy, Action Plan.  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has launched the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (DCCG’s) Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan for the next three years in celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day.

Source: http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews

International Anti-Corruption Day marked in Solomons.  The Solomon Islands marked International Anti-Corruption Day today with a series of events beginning with a march through the capital Honiara.

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/319976/international-anti-corruption-day-marked-in-solomons

FIJI:

Kamlesh Arya to take his plea on the 5th of next month.  Former politician and Registrar of the University of Fiji Kamlesh Arya who is charged with one count of abuse of office and one count of general dishonesty causing loss will take his plea on the 5th of next month.

Source: http://fijivillage.com/news/Kamlesh-Arya-to-take-his-plea-on-the-5th-of-next-month-5s29rk/

3 years for fraudster.  A Vanuatu national convicted of two counts of money laundering was yesterday reminded that the sentence imposed on him was to deter would-be offenders.

Source: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=381332

NFP: Investigate hardware funds.  The National Federation Party has called on the Government to institute an independent investigation to determine how millions of dollars of taxpayer funds had been paid to two hardware companies despite them failing to supply building materials under the Help for Homes Initiative.

Source: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=381848

FICAC advocacy in schools.  The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) plans to increase its presence in schools and communities across the Western Division next year.

Source: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?ref=archive&id=381488

Bribery, abuse top FICAC list.  Bribery and abuse of office top the list of the most common corruption-related offences dealt with by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

Source: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?ref=archive&id=381494

SAMOA:

Audited reports ready for Parliament.  The Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, has confirmed that audited reports to Parliament from 2013 to 2016 are ready.

Source: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/14_12_2016/local/14936/Audited-reports-ready-for-Parliament.htm

Judge declares his conflict of interest.  District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, has declared his conflict of interest in the hearing of charges against election candidate and lawyer, Tuala Ponifasio Iosefo.

Source: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/13_12_2016/local/14915/Judge-declares-his-conflict-of-interest.htm

PNG:

UPNG says it may close if promised K12 million is not delivered.  The head of the University of Papua New Guinea says the student protests that derailed classes there could start again, if the government does not meet the terms of the agreement that saw students return to classes.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-13/upng-says-it-may-close-if-promised-k12-million-is/8117328

TONGA:

Tonga’s first Ombudsman appointed.  ‘Aisea Taumoepeau became Tonga’s first Ombudsman on 02 December after King Tupou VI in Privy Council consented to the Commissioner for Public Relations (Amendment) Act 2016 on 24 November.

Source: http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews&m=read&o=160982376858507e908eb9da5a9237

For more information about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, please contact:

Maria Adomeit, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, UNODC, maria.adomeit@unodc.org

Mihaela Stojkoska, Anti-Corruption Specialist - Pacific, UNDP, mihaela.stojkoska@undp.org

Luisa Senibulu, Governance Programme Associate, UNDP/UNODC, luisa.senibulu@undp.org

Samita Singh, Programme Assistant - Anti-Corruption, UNDP/UNODC, samita.singh@undp.org

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