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PUBLIC DEMANDS HARSHER PENALTIES AGAINST CORRUPT LEADERS

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Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari says many feel that penalties are insufficient and they want harsher penalties imposed upon leaders who err

From Scott Waide, My Land My Country

Public forums being held by the Ombudsman Commission to seek views on changes to their enabling legislating have drawn strong calls for harsher penalties on corrupt leaders.

The Ombudsman Commission is holding the forums all over the country to seek public input on changes to the laws that govern them. The OC, also the arm of government that administers  leadership tribunals, has received wide ranging calls for stronger penalties on leaders found guilty of offences including theft of public money.

Ombudsman, Phoebe Sangetari, points out that it’s a reflection of  general public sentiment stemming from laws that have not evolved with the changes in the country.

“many feel that the penalties are insufficient and they want harsher penalties imposed upon leaders who err.”

The laws governing the Ombudsman Commission were made 40 years ago and are still being used today despite their ineffectiveness in the 21st century.

Given the financial muscle of today’s public office holders, some sections of the laws are useless.

For instance if a leader is found guilty but not dismissed, the leadership tribunal can fine him a maximum of K1000 for each offence or impose a K500 kina “good behavior” bond.

The first challenge is to get the legislative changes finalized. Challenge number 2 – and perhaps the most important is to get the politicians to agree to laws that may come back to bite them  sometime in the future.

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  1. June 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Ombudsman Commission team,

    Firstly, thanks for putting up the public’s demand Harsher Penalties against corrupt leaders. Please get the legislative changes finalized and imposed Harsher Penalties on leaders found guilty of offences including theft of Public Monies. Importantly, ensure to stop or ban them from any politics involvement.

    Because we let the colonial old laws and no tougher laws imposed to punish those involve in corruptions, the politicians and ill-leaders of this country continue to thief millions and millions of Public Money etc…….

    Why are we continuously using the old colonial Laws ?
    Is it because we are not allowed to amend & improve those Laws ?

    To start off, the only right way forward for all of us to stop the ongoing corruptions in the PNG is by implementing Harsher Penalties against those corrupt leaders.

    Please action appropriately and make it happened.

    Thanks Ombudsman Commission & PNG

    Concerned PNG

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