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Zacchary Gelu should never be employed again in a senior position

Former Solicitor General, Zacchary Gelu, should never be employed again in a senior position in the public service. This is the stark recommendation from the Commission of Inquiry into the Department of Finance after it found Gelu implicated in many of the scams in which a total of K780 million was stolen from the people of PNG between 2000 and 2006.

The particular scam that prompted the Commission’s recommendation involved the former Administrator of the Southern Highlands, Tau Liu. In 1999 Liu claimed over K220,000 in damages from the State for alleged wrongful dismissal although in fact he had in fact only been suspended from duty, not terminated. In February 2003, then Solicitor General, Zacchary Gelu, agreed to the claim and signed a deed of release in the sum of K305,410.61 (which included more that K70,000 in interest payments).

The claim was approved by Gelu even though the State had initially filed a defence and had several good grounds to ask the court to dismiss the claim. This included the fact that Liu had not been terminated, that he had failed to answer the disciplinary charges against him and had failed to give proper notice of his claim. Even if the State had been liable then Liu would only have been entitled to damages equivalent to three months pay – a fraction of the sum he actually received.

The Department of Finance  paid out over K773,000 to Mr Liu in settlement of this claim and a second claim in respect of his employment as Administrator for Western Province. That claim was also approved by Gelu.

The Commission concluded:

The amount paid by the State in settlement of the Plaintiffs claim is exorbitant, unreasonable and may have been calculated with a view to defraud the State of a large sum of money

In light of such conduct Mr. Gelu should never be allowed to hold a high position as that of SG ever again.

His conduct clearly showed that he was not there to protect the interest of the State but perhaps for his own gain.

This-is clearly negligence on the part of Mr. Gelu.

The Commissions report on the Liu scam is also scathing of the conduct of then Attorney General Michael Gene for his failure to protect the interests of the State in the advice that he gave in the matter.

The parts of the Commission report relevent to Mr Liu’s claim can be downloaded here  Liu

  1. Bonzo
    May 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t get it – Gelu shouldn’t ever again be employed in a senior position????? Is this the strongest headline that pngexposed can think up? What is this PNG thing we have that anyone can do the most horrible things and all will be forgiven.

    Since pngexposed can’t seem to get the right words, may I suggest a new heading for this article:

    “Zacchary Gelu should be imprisoned for 20 years+”

    Why is it that corrupt people are sent to jail for decades, or even put to death and in PNG we slap them on the hands and say they shouldn’t hold another senior position.

    Gelu was taking kickbacks from those he paid out to, isn’t that OBVIOUS?

  1. June 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

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