Martin Kombri | THE PNG NEWS PAGE

The NEC in its decision Decision No. NG03/2011 in Special Meeting No. NG02/2011 endorsed and set up the Task Force Sweep Investigation Team.

The Investigation Team comprises of the following persons/authorities:

  1. Chairman – Mr Sam Koim (PLO from Sol.Gen Office)
  2. Deputy Chairman – Superintendent Sylvester Kalaut (PPC ENBP and now Madang)
  3. Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua (Director of Frauds & Anticorruption Squad) and six (6) investigators – 1 x Forensic Expert, 1 x Police Prosecutor, 2 x Financial Intelligence Unit Officers and 6 Mobile Squads.
  4. A lawyer with the Proceeds of Crimes Act Division of the Office of the Public Prosecution.
  5. An Officer with the Department of Treasury.
  6. An Accountant from the Office of the Auditor General.
  7. An Officer from Tax Compliance Division of IRC.
  8. An Officer of the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs.
  9. A Media Officer.

Now, the Deputy Chairman withdrew some time ago and is no longer a member of the team.

Furthermore, the current active members of the team are the Chairman, the Police Prosecutor Clement Awak, and two (2) other policemen; Pius Peng and A’aron Elijah.

Now, the investigation team is merely down to these four (4) persons.

Can the Chairman, Sam Koim, tell us the elites of PNG in this Forum:

  1. Whether the membership of the investigation team has actually depleted? and
  2. Whether the Deputy Chairman withdrew and on what basis?
  1. Franko
    June 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Na after all this adding and subtracting of members of the Sweep Team,what about the past investigations,where are all the results of all those corrupt people they arrested?when do the media officially publish there names and years years serving?Those investigations are catered for by taxpayers money so we all need to see some output or else,let us all go corrupt and give this country to the dogs…

  2. JUDY
    June 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Sick and tired of anything Papua New Guinean set out to do,they run out of buff somewhere, never ever finishing anything..sick and tired.
    After all the monies paid to those people,what does PNG get out from the millions and millions in payment and other entitlements of those who took part in this.

  3. pkay
    June 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    At least the Task Force did get going with arrests, charges, forays into Australia to promote its task and seek the cooperation of Aussie Govt and authorities. Like similar task forces, the ultimate bench mark that determines whether the whole exercise is a success or not is whether the Force has a sting. This can only be proven by getting results by way of successful prosecutions, repayments of pilfered moneys, surcharges and dismissals or disqualification of offenders as being unfit to hold public office, etc.

    Yes, otherwise the Task Force will be like that Jerawi Land investigation group who used up all the money and couldn’t even deliver a decent, professional report for all the money they have used.

    Commissions of Enquiry, Task Forces, Investigations teams, or by whatever name they are established are a way of Governments shifting the responsibility for their own tardiness and inefficiency (even blame and accountability) to a body they can control at arms length through funding, selection of members, etc..

    If there is no real political will or goodwill to support and go all the way with the Commissions or Committees Govts appoint in the first place, it is a waste of time and huge amounts of money. On those occasions where Commissions do deliver professional reports with recommendations, governments will always pick and choose whether to table and publicise the reports. Obviously if politicians are implicated, these reports will find an appropriate place in Govt offices gathering dust and cobwebs.

  4. Nemna
    August 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Please lets pray that govt is changed, and offcourse by opposition and make Sam Basil, Tobias Kulang, Gary Juffa, Allan Marat, Bire Kimisopa one of them PM and place rest in very important ministries in the govt. I can’t even imagine an empty drum like Don Polye to be in that govt too.

    from this team we might able to see the light at the end of the tunnel in this so proclaimed rich country.

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