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Minister Tkatchenko has a long history of fraud allegations

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sports and Special Events Minister Justin Tkatchenko is not a fit and proper person to be an MP, let alone a government Minister, given his history of unanswered fraud allegations.

Parliament’s own Accounts Committee and special investigations at the National Capital District have both thrown up detailed allegations of corruption while one criminal prosecution against Tkatchenko was dropped in circumstances questioned by the National Court.

In 2010 it was alleged Tkatchenko received over K3 million in payments from the National Capital District through his landscaping companies Kitoro No.33 and PNG Gardner. It is claimed these payments, were authorised by NCDC Governor Powes Parkop in breach of the Public Finance Management Act, the NCDC Act and the Organic Law on the Leadership Code.

The payments, which were made for work on the NCDC Mini Park, Water Fountain, Waterslide and Zoo and Animal Farm, were made with no quotations provided and no public tendering process – breaching the fundamental principles of value for money, transparency, effective competition, fair and ethical dealing and efficiency.

But the allegations against Tkatchenko go back much further. In 1999 a Special Investigation into Fraud, Corruption and Financial Mismanagement at the National Capital District Commission, done by TSK International, found that Justin Tkatchenko as Acting City Administrator had fraudulently obtained a total of K12,000 through two cheques in the sums of K4,000 and K8,000.

The investigation concluded “Mr Tkatchenko had dishonestly applied the monies to his own use”.

Although the police did investigate these allegations and criminal charges were laid a Magistrate dismissed the case before it got to trial – a decision that was later heavily criticized in the National Court. Indeed when Tkatchenko then sued the police alleging malicious prosecution and false imprisonment Justice Salika not only dismissed the case brought by Tkatchenko he described it as “frivolous and vexatious”. Salika found there was plenty of evidence to justify the charges against Tkatchenko and that it “is a wonder to this Court” why the Magistrate dismissed the case.

In 2003 the Parliamentary Accounts Committee was asked by Parliament to conduct an investigation into alleged corruption in the Parliamentary Service. The Committee submitted its report in September 2003 after summonsing witnesses and hearing evidence given on oath.

The PAC investigation found Justin Tkatchenko company Kitoro No.33 was awarded a K1.5 million contract to maintain parliamentary gardens, in breach of procurement procedure. The Kitoro tender was received 3 months AFTER the closing date. The tender submitted was only for twelve months but a three year contract was awarded. The original contract amount of K490,000 was K190,000 above the limit imposed by the Public Finance Management Act. The lowest bid for the project tender was just K12,000 per year. Kitoro was awarded contract totaling K837,738 that did not go to public tender.

The PAC recommended the contracts with Kitoro No.33 be terminated immediately and the officers responsible for the tendering, awarding and executing of the contract face ‘appropriate action’.

While Tkatchenko has never been found guilty of fraud he has been implicated in fraud in at least three separate investigations stretching back over a 12-year period and one set of criminal charges he has faced were dismissed in circumstances a senior judge regarded as suspicious and unjustified.

If people like Tkatchenko want to hold public office then we need the allegations against to be heard in a proper public trial first – and not dismissed at the committal stage in suspicious circumstances, if they ever even get that far. If they are innocent what do these people have to hide and until they face due process they are not fit and proper persons to hold public office.

The case of Tkatchenko raises a number of serious and wider questions, including:

  • The findings of public accounting bodies are not being followed up by the national fraud squad, despite considerable prima facie evidence.
  • When cases are brought before the District Court for committal, fraud charges are being dismissed without reason, despite an abundance of evidence being present. There is often no written record of the judgement, or the records kept are wholly inadequate. At the very least this raises serious questions over the independence of some Magistrates.
  1. Sinau
    November 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Get rid of the bastard.

  2. morris
    November 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

    these things never ceases to amaze me.. everyday i read about these things and i am fed up with it already.

    while some of us are sweating our ass off trying to make a honest living, there are some people with the right connection that are milking THE PEOPLE’s COFFER.
    when will such things come to a halt.

    we call ourself a christian country yet our actions do not reflect our own principles.

  3. joshuaGEN
    November 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Here we go! That’s just a start, finish the game! Over to the relevant authorities!

  4. Sibona Aihi
    November 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Who were the idiots in PoM who voted in Justin, a corrupt self seeking SOB who would not dare try to enter a public office back where he came from in Melbourne. Nothing he has done in PoM was for the people. Nothing. Everything was done for himself and his wife in Brisbane. For goodness sake we do not need flower gardens with Justin and Powes Parkop’s billboards. PNG needs medicine, law and order, respect for women and food and water. Tell the SOB to build more clinics in the city rather than more fountains! P**s him off back to Australia…I bet my all my savings that Justin will reply for his Australian citizen once he cannot corrupt anymore politicians and bureaucrats – the SOB!

    • Tim
      February 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Sibona Aihi you don’t know what you”re saying! People like Justin Tkatchenko are changing Papua New Guinea for the benefit of our people. Papua New Guinea is one of the most beautiful and resourceful country’s in the world and Justin Tkatchenko is doing his best to promote it. Our society is still somewhat primitive but with the help of people like Justin Tkatchenko that is changing. Don’t base your judgement on past allegations that aren’t even true. Tkatchenko loves our country just as much as we do and is one of the only people who is actually doing something about our society’s problems. If you haven’t noticed, he has set up public clinics in his electorate; Moresby South, to aid the public in medical services. He has actually made our town beautiful and is helping bring the crime rate down too. He is hiring the youth to help beautify the city and has done more than the past member for Moresby South ever did in only 6 months. Pari finally has water after years and years of promises and large communities all around Port Moresby now have solar power. If you were at the Royal Visit then you would’ve seen how much of a success it was thanks to this man. I’ve never been prouder to be a Papua New Guinean on that very day and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. This is why I gave my vote to Justin Tkatchenko because he is the future of our country.

      • February 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

        Justin, if you are going to post comments about yourself you really should be upfront about it and not try and hide your identity 🙂

      • Tim
        March 11, 2013 at 12:59 am

        It’s not Justin mate, it’s his son, just telling all you haters out there that you don’t know what you are talking about. People only worry about themselves and it is this self interest that ruins our country. Take a look at what is happening around you!

  5. Emmanuel
    November 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    This is absolute robbery. Justin Thatkenco should be behind bars and given the same treatment as William Kapris.

    Foreigner thiefing a**hole. Can we have the names of the judges hiding Justin exposed. Enough of white collar criminals.

  6. feekay
    November 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    The Independent State of Papua New Guinea (TISPNG) is a country where, it is becoming painfully obvious, the wealthy and powerful and those with connections in high places and in High Society can – almost virtually – get away with murder.

    What to do? They are like birds of a feather. They operate, cooperate, corroborate, collaborate and even coagulate with uncompromising ease and determination.

    Emmanuel, you mention judges; what are you getting at? What do you know that ought to come out? Unfortunately, we are engrossed and intertwined in a legal system based on English common law that says: You are innocent until proven guilty.

    Beautiful country, bountiful land we are TISPNG. There is enough for everyone to share. It’s up to us that choose the leaders who’ll ensure that greed and aggrandisment do not spoil it for everybody.

    Who let d dogz out?? Yumi tasol!!

  7. Paipin Poko
    November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm


  8. Paipin Poko
    November 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm


  9. Robby Tayll
    November 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Since the inception of the Task Force Sweep none of the big banana criminals has been convicted…can we start another….” Task Kilim Force”. Since we have the TFS none of these criminals have gone behind bars or even being detered from corruption. Yet they continue to perperate corruption in public office.

    Obviously, it is by “Greed and Selfishness” that they continue to do so, they are not fit to be called “public Servant” but rather “Self Servant”

    This is not for the government to set up, we as ordinary citizens need to do it. This is for the benefit of our childrens future. We have got guns on the street, so why not we start a TKF.

    Australia has imposted ban on corrupted PNG officials and the same must be comminicated to Singapore, it is another country excepting PNG money laundering and safe heavan for our “PNG Self Servants”.

    This corrupt criminals can not run afar…we’ll hunt them down and kill them….marimari inap. PNG pasim eye na wokim….em country blo yumi usait bai toktok. Kaikai blo tintin yu yet skelim.

  10. Sibona Aihi
    November 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    If it true that the Australian government is preventing corrupt PNG public servants and pollies from getting visas to Australia, they should start with Justin. For goodness sake the Aussie spies at Waigan know exactly what Justin is doing. His rise to fame overnight when he arrived as a little boy from Melbourne should be questioned. He has taken a lot of public money in the city hall. And Powes ‘F…off’ Parkop has allowed him to do so. Powes, bend over and Justin will f…k your arse because you had sold PoM to the devil. I challenge the Australian government of remove the visa given to Justin’s famiy to live in Brisbane.

  11. feekay
    November 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Australia is never going to refuse or deny travel visas to Australia en masse. It’s is selective(and I doubt Justin will be affected as he has family and relatives in Australia) and that’s how it administers its visitor and immigration laws. PNG has to provide hard proof and evidence like criminal and civil convictions and records before it can really advice Australia or Singapore to deny anyone’s freedom of movement. Hearsay is not enough. Mere allegations too aren’t enough.

    The recent verbal blast by the head of TFS in Australia recently is probably based on how prevalent the flight of public money is to Australia. But if no follow-up action is taken it is just a lot of talk, burp and hype. PNG authorities aren’t going to fall over themselves to take action in terms of what the head of TFS said because many of them are involved. Australia’s privacy laws and banks/client secrecy and confidentiality provisions seem always to work on the side of culprits.

    As long as there is no case brought and proved against Justin or Joko or Tienstin or Pruaitch or Duma or whosoever, the leaders are innocent. The fundamental underlying theme of the Constitution of Independent State of Papua New Guines is protection of individual rights.

    TKF cannot (or should not) make a citizen’s arrest and put down anyone here like they did Gaddfi in Lybia or like they hanged Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

    The problem we face is onshore, not offshore. We have to address it here. TFS as well as all the oversight authorities, agencies and bodies need to understand this.

  12. Robinson Olkoben
    June 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It is the authorities who are in place who understand governing constitution of this nation on corruption, fraud and the scores of issues affecting that needs to be addressed appropriately and brought to justice! If the courts and its officals of this nation cannot function for what it has been mandated for who can, but God can, sooner or later you will see the results!

  13. John Moses
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