Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (9 March 2019): PNG, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa, Solomon Islands

PNG:

Plea made for people to stay firm on war on corruption.  Transparency International PNG is encouraging people to fight corruption by reporting to its Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC).

https://www.thenational.com.pg/plea-made-for-people-to-stay-firm-on-war-on-corruption/

Legal aid outreach in EHP. Transparency International (TIPNG) was recently in Goroka town to report corruption to its Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre (ALAC). 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/legal-aid-outreach-ehp-82935

 

FIJI:

Festival Committee Members on Probe.  Organising committee members of festival have come under the spotlight for allegedly misusing funds.

https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/03/03/festival-committee-members-on-probe/

Represent yourselves or get a new lawyer; Cypriots told.  Two Cyprus nationals charged with money laundering were yesterday ordered to engage a lawyer who could represent them within three weeks.

https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/03/06/represent-yourselves-or-get-new-lawyer-cypriots-told/

 

TONGA:

Tongan PM accuses princess of taking millions intended for govt. Tonga's Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva, has claimed a royal princess used her shareholding in a private company to take nearly $US50 million intended for the government, court documents show.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/384165/tongan-pm-accuses-princess-of-taking-millions-intended-for-govt

 

VANUATU:

Vanuatu pardons, if approved, would follow intense pressure.  Vanuatu's president appears to be relenting to pressure as he looks set to pardon 14 former MPs who were jailed for corruption in 2016.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/384124/vanuatu-pardons-if-approved-would-follow-intense-pressure

 

SAMOA:

Samoa LTA assistant CEO found guilty, legal division head walks free.  The assistant chief executive of Samoa's Land Transport Authority, Mata'afa Sepelini Poufa, has been found guilty of six criminal charges.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/384021/samoa-lta-assistant-ceo-found-guilty-legal-division-head-walks-free

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS:

The political economy of the Solomon Islands oil spill. The unfolding disaster on Rennell is a perfect case study in rapacious natural resource exploitation, poverty and weak governance.

http://www.devpolicy.org/the-political-economy-of-the-unfolding-solomon-islands-oil-spill-20190308/

TSI: be fair on scholarships. Transpanrecy Solomon Islands (TSI) has called for greater transparency in the National Training Committee (NTC) and National Training Unit (NTU) when awarding scholarships.

http://www.solomonstarnews.com/index.php/news/national/item/21424-tsi-be-fair-on-scholarships

 

  

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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