Tkatchenko denials full of admissions
In another piece of tortured reporting, The National has presented Justin Tkatchenko’s defence of allegations about his relationship with NCDC governor Powes Parkop.
“Tkatchenko denies receiving funds from NCDC” was the headline in The National but in the report that follows (see below) Tkatchenko clearly admits he has received millions of kina through his companies from the NCDC.
Despite a day-long media conference attended by both Parkop and Tkatchenko, its seems no one from The National asked the two men about their political relationship and Tkatchenko’s role as fundraiser for Parkop’s political party.
The National also failed to ask whether any of the works completed by Tkatchenko companies for the NCDC were publicly tendered or even quoted for in advance to ensure value for money.
These are the issues at the heart of the questions about the relationship between the two men but it seems they, and the mainstream media, are ignoring them.
Tkatchecko denies receiving funds from NCDCPNG Gardener Justin Tkatchenko has denied allegations that he has received millions of kina from the National Capital District Commission through his association with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, The National reports.The alleged financial benefits were contained in a purported internal audit report circulated on the internet via the pngexposed.com blog.Tkatchenko told a day-long media conference, organised by NCDC at the Bluff Inn Hotel outside Port Moresby on Wednesday, that the K3 million he was paid last year were “for projects that were carried out through cooperation between the public and private sectors”.“The projects were not to create revenue but a service to the people,” Tkatchenko said in the presence of Parkop and other senior City Hall officials.He also gave a power-point presentation on the NCDC mini parks and courts, water fountain, water slide and zoo and animal farm projects that the internet report had cited in its alleged audit report.According to the internet audit report, no quotation was provided for any of the projects and there was no tender advertised or accepted.It claimed all the payments were made out to Kitoro No.33 Ltd and PNG Gardener.A company search listed the directors of Kitoro No.33 as Justin Wayne Tkatchenko and Catherine Jane Tkatchenko.Its sole shareholder was Catherine Jane Tkatchenko, who was also listed as the secretary.Both companies share the same office space on the fifth floor of Defens Haus in downtown Port Moresby.However, Tkatchenko denied receiving the K3 million as claimed.Parkop, on the other hand, said he had no common interest with Tkatchenko and his companies.He said he only knew the PNG Gardener when Tkatchenko won the parks and garden outsourcing contract.“Neither of my immediate family is interested in Tkatchenko’s family and his businesses.”