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Soiat Williams and Zacchary Gelu conspired to steal K500,000

Mr. Soiat Williams, former Secretary for Department of Personnel Management, conspired with Zacchary Gelu, former Solicitor General to steal K500,000 from the people of PNG.

The details of the scam are revealed in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Finance Department.

Williams claimed the K500,00 as damages for what he said was the unlawful revocation of his appointment as Departmental Head for Personnel Management on 30 November 2000.

However, records obtained from the Department of Personnel Management indicate that in 2002 Mr Williams acknowledged and accepted a payment of K407, 003.63 as final clearance of all sums due to him under his contract of employment. The acceptance of this payout nullified any claim as to damages as it meant Mr Williams had not suffered any loss as a result of his termination

Because of this payout the Department of Personnel Management wrote a letter to the Solicitor General containing specific advice and instructions from the DPM to defend the claim brought by Mr Wiliams.

Despite these instructions, the then Acting Solicitor General, Zacchary Gelu executed a Deed of Release on behalf of the State with Mr. William for the sum total of K500, 000.00 on 17th February 2003.

This payment was, according to the Commission of Inquiry, illegal as it was a double payment of the monies accepted earlier by Mr Williams.

Read the Commission Report on Soiat Williams

  1. nilpis
    July 21, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Soiat, you are a disgrace to New Ireland! Just put the money back to where it belongs.

  2. June 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    This story requires verification..! It is utter defamation and slander to bring up Soiat Williams name when all the facts actually point to the second payment being removed via forgery.. I demand the facts be laid bare before you drag an upstanding citizens name through the mud..! Disappointed…

  1. May 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

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