O'NEILL CLEANS HOUSE

The national government’s aim to cleanse the entire government machinery of corrupt practises has gained momentum, following the setting up of the Investigative Taskforce Sweep team. Recently, the National Executive Council met and resolved to advise the head of State to make various changes to several heads of Missions overseas as well as top bureaucrats of State agencies in the country.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Cabinet considered the changes as necessary as some of the officials have been implicated in allegations of misconduct in office and will be investigated while others terms in office have expired. One such suspension is that of the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Gaming Control Board, Simon Sanangke who has been replaced by Eddie Mike Jondi as the acting CEO.

Another officer who has been suspended is Meck Kuk, the Director of the National Museum & Art Gallery. Joseph Nobetau, the Acting Chief Migration Officer’s appointment was revoked and he has been replaced by Mataio Rabura, on an acting basis. Mr O’Neill said Andrew Moutu will be the acting Director of the National Museum & Art Gallery while Mataio Rabura will act as the Chief Migration Officer of the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Authority until a permanent appointment is made.

He also announced three new Overseas Heads of Missions and they are:

•Rima Ravusiro (Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium & the European Union with concurrent accreditation to France);
 •Anthony Wagambie (Snr) – Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines; and
 •Rupa Malina (Ambassador to the United States of America with concurrent accreditation to Canada and Mexico).

In making these appointments, Cabinet also revoked the appointments of:

•Peter Maginde as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium & the European Union with concurrent accreditation to France;
•Christian Virhuri as Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines; and
•Evan Paki as Ambassador to the United States of America with concurrent accreditation to Canada and Mexico.

Mr O’Neill said other appointments at the bureaucratic level include the following:
•Joel Luma (Secretary for Works for a four year period);
•Peter Max Siba as Director of the PNG Institute of Medical Research for a four-year period);
•Isaac Sailas (Chief Fire Officer, for four years)
•Dr. Eric Kwa (Secretary for the Constitution and Law Reform Commission for four years);
•Kanawi Pouru (Managing Director of the National Forestry Authority for a four-year period);
•Samson Wangihomie as Commissioner (Policy) and Mathew Pobaya as Commissioner (Operations) of the Teaching Service Commission for three years each;
•Dr Musawe Sinebare (Secretary for the Department of Education, for a period of four years) while revoking the appointment of Dr Joseph Pagelio as acting Secretary;
•John Bogombari (Second Legislative Counsel for 3 years);
•Lina Kegana Rouaia (Assistant Legislative Counsel, for a three year period);
•Dr Lawrence Warangi (Chief Executive Officer of Boram General Hospital for three years) following the revocation of the appointment of Dr Louis Samiek as acting CEO;
•Dadi Toka Jr. (Chairman of the Port Moresby General Hospital Management Board for a period of three years); and
•John Mongos and Sr Carol Bran (Members of the Port Moresby General Hospital Management Board for a period of three years).

NEC has also revoked the appointment of George Baure as Commissioner of the Lands Title Commission. Mr O’Neill congratulated all those who were appointed and urged them to perform their duties in accordance with the Constitution and to put the country’s interest first.

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