Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (12 Jan 2019): PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa

Pacific predictions: 2019. A number of Pacific island countries will hold national elections this year. The peoples of Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Tuvalu, and Marshall Islands will all go to the polls in 2019.

http://www.devpolicy.org/pacific-predictions-2019-20190107/

 

PNG:

TIPNG Oppose Incentives For Cops. Transparency International PNG is of the strong view that the police hierarchy needs to focus on the real issues affecting the force rather than paying incentives to its officers in Port Moresby.

https://postcourier.com.pg/tipng-oppose-incentives-cops/

Former CNN Heavyweight Encourages Local Media to Fight Corruption in 2019. A prominent media expert from the United States has encouraged Papua New Guinean journalists to be proactive and fearless in their fight against corruption this year.

https://postcourier.com.pg/former-cnn-heavyweight-encourages-local-media-fight-corruption-2019/

PNG MP not shocked by fraud squad cuts. Papua New Guinea opposition MP, Kerenga Kua, says the country's fraud squad will not be properly funded until Peter O'Neill is removed as prime minister.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/379803/png-mp-not-shocked-by-fraud-squad-cuts

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS:

Former Solomon Islands premier arrested on corruption charges.  The former premier of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu has been arrested on corruption charges.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/379288/former-solomon-islands-premier-arrested-on-corruption-charges  

Why police arrested Temotu leaders. Police say three Temotu leaders arrested before Christmas improperly accepted inducements or payments for considerations or decisions in their official capacity.

http://www.solomonstarnews.com/index.php/news/national/item/21207-why-police-arrested-temotu-leaders

 

FIJI:

Experts to help in fraud probe. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission will rope in technical expertise to help in investigations pertaining to allegations over the Lagilagi Housing Project in Raiwaqa, Suva.

https://www.fijitimes.com/experts-to-help-in-fraud-probe/

Fraud suspect to take plea next month. A 27-year-old man charged with two counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception had his bail extended by the Suva Magistrates Court.

https://www.fijitimes.com/fraud-suspect-to-take-plea-next-month/

Bail denied for fraud suspects. Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa this afternoon did not grant bail to three people charged with separate counts of money laundering and fraudulent falsification of accounts amounting to $699,000 at the Suva Magistrate Court.

https://www.fijitimes.com/bail-denied-for-fraud-suspects/

 

SAMOA:

Fuimaono Afele Taimalelagi - Keeping the Government honest. “Controller and Auditor General, Fuimaono Mata’afa Papali’i Camillo G. Afele Taimalelagi, and his Office have made a big difference in an effort to keep the Government, accountable, transparent and honest.”

http://www.sobserver.ws/en/31_12_2018/local/39793/Fuimaono-Afele-Taimalelagi---Keeping-the-Government-honest.htm

 

To know more about the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project please contact the team members:

Annika Wythes, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser, UNODC, annika.wythes@un.org

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

Maria Lee, Peace & Development Administrative Assistant, UNDP/UNODC, maria.lee@undp.org

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