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Arthur Somare, Peter Ipitas and David Dotaona named in Kulunga bribery case

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Alice Kimbu, of Purua lawyers, has filed a sworn affidavit [see below] in the National court that alleges Mr Peter Iptas, the Enga Governor, MP Arthur Somare and lawyer David Dotaona conspired to offer her a bribe of K200,000 to swap sides in the legal proceedings over the contested Police Commissioners position.

Alice Kimbu is acting for Police Commission Tom Kulunga in legal proceedings brought by Fred Yakasa in which he claims he is the rightful police chief, having been appointed by Michael Somare after his Supreme Court case decision last month.

Ms Kimbu says the bribe was offered to her on Sunday January 8 while she was in a vehicle with David Dotaona, the lawyer for Fred Yakasa, who has already been arrested on charges of trying to pervert the course if justice by organizing the bribe.

Kimbu also alleges that after the bribe was offered by Ipitas she was taken to a breakfast meeting with MP Arhur Somare who was informed of Mr Ipitas’ offer to her and told her that if she wanted anything else she was to talk to Mr Dotaona.

Affidavit Alice Kimbu

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  1. January 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    This very intriguing… Hope its not just hot air like the one at ela beach hotel where the two witnesses were said to have seen chief justice and arthur meet at 2 am in the wee hrs… Now it’s the integrity of the govt lawyer vs that of mr dataona… Forget the politicians they have no integrity watsoever. They will always deny everything, and besides nobody hardly ever goes to jail anyway.. Its always the simple public servant who get penalised heavily!.

    When will this all ever end..?? Frankly I have had enough of all these Oneil vs Somare issue.. It’s obvious a lot of forces and power plays are at work here.. There is no resolution in sight in the forseeable future until election time, so why not we all leave things as they are and prepare for the elections??.

  2. January 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I wonder if Alice can be trusted….?? Obviously she wanted to see how much she was gonna be offered so she went along..driving around,drinking for 4-5 hrs in the middle of the night till day break!!! Em mas marit meri o single?? Was she of sound mind during the night while intoxicated with alcohol.. Em mas wanpla beer/drug body stret o??
    She was probably not happy with the offer of k200,000. Or did the Other side offer k500,000 or a million for her to reveal all and write the affidavit??. This is all very interesting and the stuff of movies or tv series.. I’m sure the Hollywood script writers would be very happy!!

  3. JUDY
    January 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Warrior,I do not know about you but it is good to know all we can of and about the doings of all the politicians.The more mud that is stirred up and misconduct we the general population get to,know the more informed we are of the evils of the politicians and the “games they play” in order to fool their electorates,and stay in power.
    I feel for the lawyer who seem to be doing the right thing by bringing into light the little we can read and understand; but that properly is just tip and much will follow.

  4. January 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    The affidavit by Alice is also very interesting to read… Seems like the drunken party out whole night ,with deals mad in between drinks during the wee hours of the night turned nasty or went wrong! Maybe Alice was not offered enough money so she revealed all.. she could have said no right from the start when dataona’s call came at around 12 mdnight. Then again all this happened more than a week ago. Why didn’t all these come out then???

    It’s interesting and so bad that lawyers [who supposed to be giving out wisdom & advice], representing two purpoted govts of PNG, and law enforcing bodies of this country, can go out drinking all night and yet be of sound mind to make deals that could decide or have a profound impact on the destiny of this country, and then turn up in court to try to make sense in front of judges!! No wonder these ‘political’ lawyers are as corrupt as the politicians they represent!! what hypocrites!!!

  5. Elfor
    January 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    PNG is desperate for transparent and vibrant layers and citizens like Ms Kimbu. Keep up the good work. Lets weed out corruption.

  6. Karsie
    January 25, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Wow! What’s going on here?

  7. Las Island
    January 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

    At least she has done what she can so that others can take extra precaution. Lawyers from both ends collaborate normally took advantage of any situation and suck out as much as they can…. No wonder, majority of the cases took ages to resolve. We are living in poverty and sufferings in the hands of so called Political Leaders who are Evil, Greedy and Corrupt.

  8. PR Officer
    January 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Intriguing and interesting. I am Mr. Yakasa’s PR officer.

    I spoke with her that night since Mr. Yakasa could not be reached. Her exact words to me were: “Please I am tired of this and I want to help you guys so sort things out for me and we’ll end it all quick.” she did not sound like “…four white cans only”.

    We KNEW she had no authority to act on this without her Principal’s ok. And that she could lose her practising certificate and her future. in other words, it was just beer talk.

    Secondly, there is no mention in her affidavit of her husband turning up at the Gateway Hotel also early that morning, talking with all of them and taking her away.

    Third, why did she accept the beers, room at Gateway and the company of Dotaona and others at that time of the morning?

    To the best of my recollection, she was the one who made the initial offer and seemed very happy to be with Dotaona that night. Dotaona called me to say he was attempting to contact Mr. Yakasa to put through “her offer” to make consent orders and wanted approval from him. I advised Dotaona that I had doubts about her ability to deliver without the Principal’s OK or from Kulunga himself. He agreed.

    When advised the next morning, Mr. Yakasa himself expressed the same doubts and said that whatever she said was only as good as the exact directives she had recieved from Kulunga and her Principal. He also reiterated that we were on the side of RIGHT and this was not the way to do things unless duly authorised,

    This was dangerous waters and we did not want our case before he Courts to be shot such idiocies. We were and are still veryrconfident that we will win and we will still win. But by being above board in all things. Not by stooping to the same level as our opponents.

    So the appropriate qestions here are:

    1. As this was a discussion between the two lawyers, why has it come out now?
    2. Why have all the facts of the discussions not been disclosed?
    3. Why would Dotaona, having fought so hard to get this far, have made such an offer to her?
    4. Dotaona is a seasoned and experienced lawyer. Is it really concievable that he would risk everything by this illogical move to a juniior lawyer whom he knows not have standing to move such a motion in court independently?
    5. How fishy does this smell?
    6. Was this a put up job seeking to discredit Yakasa’s legal counsel and rerail the proceedings now before the courts?

    There are others but these seem pertinent for now. I’ll let you decide.

    Seems like another Ela Beach Hotel conspiracy to me.

    Call me on 73708766 if you have something genuine to contribute or via email on amatiop@gmail.com

  9. Observer
    January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    All these he-say / she-say allegations with regard to the current volatile situation in the government will be coming out of the wood works as time goes on but at the end of the day, the average PNGean still needs to go to work to earn their dough to put food on the table and pay the bills. It’s come to a point where this top struggle for power is of no concern anymore to a citizen on the street. If it’s not one thing, it’s another…sigh! BTW, the latest is that Kulunga has been re-confirmed by the Courts as the ‘legal’ Police Commissioner. Will this recent turn of event AGAIN be a cause of security concern for everybody in the Nation’s capital?

  10. Observer
    January 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I’m sorry. A HUGE mistake in the last posting: Fred Yakasa has recently been re-confirmed by the Courts, NOT Kulunga. Needless to say that Kulunga still maintains that he is the Commissioner. Hence, to take caution on the streets of POM.

  11. January 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    PR officer, I agree with you. I for one does not trust anybody especially who can drink beer all night till morning without her husband there, in the company of other men.. Something does not seem right with her affidavit account!!

  12. January 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Observer,thanx for the information re Kulunga vs yakasa. Does that mean yakasa will walk into the office at police headquarters and ask Kulunga to handover the court order? ( just as Somare and co did in parliament the other day). I hope not. Otherwise we might have police confrontations taus tong in gun fires etc.. All these is setting up a grand finale come election time.. Evryone out there on the streets do take care, we are in troubled waters.!

  13. truth
    January 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Observer, have you read the Court decesion at all, Justice Davani at page 26 paragraph 93 and I quote states,….In my view the Interim Order allows the plaintiff to continue his role ”as policemen”. I must emphaise, that the status quo is that KULUNGA will continue his role as police Commissioner until this Constitrutional issues are properly determined. The plaintiff can continue to perform his role ”as a police men (re Court Order) until the Constitutional Crissi are resolved………….

    Tom Kulunga is reinstated as police Commissioner and Fred Yakasa can continue as a policeman until the Courts Reserved constitutional questions to the Supreme Court are determined

  14. Naiko
    January 27, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Lawyers, they say are liers who use/twist your own words to get you behind bars. Alice Kimbu must be a real woman who can just around, under liquor with strangers as she says she did & later come out public after a week of silence. None of her male colleagues returned her favour so she decides to go public. What nonesense! Yu laki na mi ino marit long yu; else you’ll get your walking orders so you can enjoy more drink-drive-night sessions with male colleagues in the pretext of staying late in the office to complete cases.I wonder what your hubby thinks?

  15. Razor Critique
    January 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I believe most of the story has been tailored to convince her husband –

     that nothing untoward had happened in the night to compromise his conjugal “propriety” rights, hahaha…!!!;

     who apparently had been told that she was going to work on a very important high profile case that would involve her working/staying overnight at her office, despite the next day being Sunday – ample time for her to work throughout before Monday’s hearing!!!

     Only, to be located in a hotel room the early next morning, heavily intoxicated.

    Some people can go to extreme lengths to save face…!!!

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