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Ijivitari MP, David Arore, defames Justice Ambeng Kandakasi on Facebook

November 6, 2014 5 comments

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Ijivitari MP, David Arore, has publicly defamed national court judge, Justice Ambeng Kandakasi on Facebook accusing him of corruption, partiality and an unhealthy alliance with Oro Governor, Gary Juffa prior to yesterday’s court decision.  

In multiple posts on the social network, David Arore, used his personal account to post photographs that purport to show a meeting between Justice Kandakasi and Governor Juffa prior to yesterday’s decision which awarded a stay order in favor of Juffa.

On the initial post yesterday, the ijiviari MP wrote:

“…Photo’s of judge Kandakasi and Gary Juffa  before hearing of Oro Prov. Vote of no confidence case…Where is justice?”  

Arore also questioned Justice Kandakasi’s credibility as a judge and accused him of allowing his personal relationship to influence his decision.

In another one of the posts Arore wrote:  

“…Arore  demands new judge in Oro vote of no confidence case after  Justice Kandakasi is seen here wining and dining with Gary Juffa…”  

It is however understood that the photographs were from a previous meeting of various high profile movers and shakers where Justice Kandakasi and Governor Juffa were invited.    

Last month, the Ijivitari MP and the Minister for Community Development, Delilah Gore, led a group of seven council presidents who broke into the provincial assembly building in Popondetta and announced that Arore was now governor.  

Juffa then sought clarification from the national court which saw the handing down of a restraining order against David Arore yesterday. Justice Kandakasi has not yet responded to the allegations.

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Arore tries to cover up for Delilah Gore

November 5, 2014 2 comments
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Arore trying to get Gore off the hook

Ijivitari MP, David Arore, has come out publicly in defense of Community Development Minister, Delilah Gore, saying Gore was not involved in the purported vote of no confidence motion again Oro’s legitimate governor, Gary Juffa. Speaking to the Post Courier, Arore described the take over as “straight Oro politics.”

This is however contrary to glaring evidence in the form of payment records of K17,000 to the Grand Papua Hotel  in Port Moresby where seven local level government presidents were accommodated.

Delilah Gore

Gore has yet to come clean about misusing Department funds

Despite efforts to distance Gore from the unrecognized vote in Popondetta, the  Gore has continued to prove that she cannot be trusted. In a news conference last week, the Minister lied about the K17,000 payment saying she had no knowledge of the payment despite the evidence at hand.

Gore also paid, using ministerial funds, for the Southern Region police taskforce to be present in Popondetta during the  protest  that saw the usurping of  the governor’s post.

It is now understood the Chief Secretary, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, has summoned the Community Development Secretary, Anna Solomon, to explain why she assisted the Minister in lying during a public news conference last week.

Rimbunan Hijau must come clean on their role in Oro politics

November 4, 2014 Leave a comment

By The Critic 

Rimbunan Hijau puppets cartoon, 2003Loggers operating in the Oro province, in particular, Victor Yu’s Unrise and Viva Success must come clean on their role on the vote of no confidence motion against Oro Gary Juffa.

Political insiders point to the fact that logging money was used to fund the recent protest in Oro province  that saw the  purported vote of no confidence motion against Juffa.

Apart from Minister Delilah Gore, who else paid for the vehicles and allowances of the protesters and supporters?  Who paid for the trips to Port Moresby and the accommodation of the seven local level government presidents?

It appears the Malaysian logger, Rimbunan Hijau, known for logging abuses in PNG and identified in the Commission of Inquiry as the primary beneficiary of the SABL land grab, is responsible for the funding through its log munching minions, Viva Success and Unirise – companies that are now operating in Collingwood Bay and Musa-Pongani.

The PNG government and Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill must seriously consider the future of companies that become involved in PNG politics as they have no place here if they are to continue exerting their influence in political decisions.

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Have the police sided with David Arore and Delilah Gore?

November 4, 2014 1 comment

By The Critic PNG

It has been several days since David Arore, Deliah Gore and a gang of council presidents broke into the Haus of assembly in an act of desecration again the very people they represent.

The Arore gang, funded by Delilah Gore’s Community Development Ministry funds and logging money pissed on the constitution and the legal system and mocked the people of Oro province knowing they are too timid  to do anything against them.

So far only five people have been arrested. They include former convict premier of the Oro province, Sylvanias Siembo, (who spent  several years in jail) and former administrator, Owen Awaita.

The question that hangs over, what has now become a saga, is:

“Have  the police sided with  the Ijiviari MP, David Arore and Community Development Minister, Delilah Gore?”

Why has the Oro Province Provincial Police Commander not acted to arrest David Arore who led the mob? Have they been bought off?

The people of Oro must know that Arore and Gore have a known history of paying off police.

Gore paid for the Southern Region task force to be present when the mob broke into the assembly building. They, through their inaction, supported Arore and Gore.

Arore also has a cozy, “beer money” relationship with corrupt police from different units. Has the PPC been paid off by Arore?

These are questions everyone needs to ask.

Susuve Laumaea: PM had no involvment in ‘Oro stupidity’

November 2, 2014 3 comments

Susuve Laumaea

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the People’s National Congress Party had nothing whatsoever to do do with the stupidity that happened in Popondetta. As a Papua Region Marshall myself for PNC we respect all our people-elected governors… We have no time for opportunists like Arore. 

Main thing is: You misinformed Oros please do not spin that bullshit about PM and PNC orchestrating the move to overthrow Gary Juffa. That is a deliberate lie. PM and PNC have the greatest respect for Honourable Governor Juffa.

Please Oro people:.. do not listen to stupid FB activists and bullshit artists and political conmen and conwomen. PM and PNC will be making a public media statement to dissassociate the PM and PNC from the stupidity that Arore spearheaded against Juffa.

Arore text message shows attempt to bribe Tufi LLG President

November 2, 2014 2 comments

The political tussle in Oro province has taken a new turn with revelations of a text message that shows how one member of Parliament in the center of the vote of no confidence motion plotted  the removal of Oro Governor, Gary Juffa.

arore textThe text message has been confirmed by Oro’s political insiders to be from Ijivitari MP, David Arore to Tufi Local Level Government President, Jeff Taua. The text message read:

“Bro no money today. M a bit sick today n m sorry but pls r u on my boat?”

The message goes on to promise a bribe of K20,000 as well as an additional K200,000 if the Tufi LLG president, Jeff Taua, sided with him to form the illegal provincial cabinet.

“K10,000 before and K10,000 after. You keep your portfolio n K200,000 to bail ur debts in the LLG out after formation.”

The text message is understood to have been sent in the days leading to a meeting in Port Moresby’s Grand Papua Hotel; a meeting paid for by Community Development Minister, Delilah Gore using her departments funds.

The text message gives hints of a meeting and urges the LLG president to respond so that tickets can be organized.

“Pls respond  so I’ll organize tickets n pls keep this confidential, Your Ambo.”

The text message has since been included as evidence which will be referred to the Ombudsman Commission.

Arore supporters charged with criminal damage in Oro

November 1, 2014 1 comment

Five men involved in the illegal attempts to remove Oro Governor Gary Juffa have been arrested and charged by police…

Melissa Martin | Post Courier

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Five Arore supporters have been arrested and changed

FIVE people, including former Northern governor Silvanus Siembo, have been arrested and charged with damaging State properties during the political upheaval in Popondetta on Tuesday, police said. The others are former provincial administrator Owen Awaita, Tony Tukari, Larry Savase and Henry Paine.

Southern divisional commander Allan Kundi said they have been charged with unlawful damage and using threatening words on acting Provincial Administrator Robert Dademo.

Mr Kundi said they are out on bail.

The suspects were part of the Ijivitari MP David Arore’s supporters who had entered the premises to elect Mr Arore as the governor for Northern Province in a vote of no-confidence during an assembly meeting.

Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki had instructed Mr Kundi to assess the situation in Popondetta and investigate on reports received from incumbent Governor Gary Juffa.

Yesterday Mr Kundi arrived in Popondetta to restore order, adding his men were still investigating what transpired on Tuesday in order to make more arrests. He has urged supporters and members of each faction to keep calm and cooperate while they conduct their investigations.

On Tuesday, Mr Juffa laid a complaint with the police commissioner about the damage done by Mr Arore’s supporters in removing locks with bolt cutters to enter the provincial assembly building.

Gore lies about misuse of fund, blames Arore for Juffa removal plot

October 31, 2014 2 comments

Delilah GoreHigher Education Minister and Sohe MP, Delilah Gore has blatantly lied in the media about payments made by her Ministry  to facilitate the vote of no confidence against Gary Juffa.

Speaking  in a press conference yesterday, Delilah Gore said she had no knowledge of the K17,000 payment that was made to the Grand Papua Hotel  for accommodation expenses in the days leading up the Gary Juffa’s removal as Oro Governor. In the same breath, she pointed the finger of blame at Ijivitari MP David Arore.

“My department is in the clear,”  she said. “I am not in any way involved contrary to what the Ivivitari MP, David Arore has claimed.”

But Gore’s statements come  a day after evidence was posted on various news media websites that showed payments made by the Ministry of Community Development to the Grand Papua Hotel.

Sources close to Minister Gore confirm the legitimacy of the documents and the dates and  purpose of the payments.  

Yesterday, Governor Juffa blasted Gore over the payments stating that the  K17,000 was used to accommodate and pay local level government presidents who plotted the vote of no confidence motion against  him.

In a desperate attempt not to offend Juffa or Arore, Delilah Gore maintained she remained neutral in the turmoil despite her cozy  association with David Arore during the vote of no confidence motion in Popondetta just days ago.

“My department has nothing to do with Oro politics and I want to clear our name in this.”

Governor Juffa meanwhile will be tendering those documents to fraud investigators in the coming days.  

Oro power grab a public disgrace: Nemo Yalo

October 30, 2014 2 comments

Nemo Yalo – Former Counsel to Ombudsman Commission, Former Acting National Court Judge

The power struggle in Northern Province offers a lesson to provincial governments nationwide. In that context the relevant laws discussed here should offer useful education. The political saga has kicked off with an alleged serious criminal offence – break and enter allegedly orchestrated by two MPs who are not members of the Oro Provincial Assembly. This writer is aware on credible information that the two MPs from Northern Province Delilah Gore and David Arore have, without any lawful excuse, failed to attend more than three scheduled Oro Provincial Assembly meetings notwithstanding that they each received due notice of those meetings.

Section 12 of the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local-level Governments states in part that if a member of Parliament is absent, without leave of the Provincial Assembly, during three consecutive meetings of the Assembly, unless the Assembly waives this provision upon satisfactory reasons being given, the member shall cease to be a member of the Provincial Assembly. To date the Oro Provincial Assembly in a duly scheduled meeting has not waived the operation of Section 12 to allow both MPs to remain as members of the Assembly. So by automatic operation of a Constitutional Law they are not members of the Oro Provincial Assembly.

How David Arore and Delilah Gore being national leaders ignore the voice of the Constitutional Law at the behest of the voice of their hunger for political power not only contradicts the generally accepted standards of leadership and governance but also defeats the very highest law of the land they each swore unto the Bible (therefore unto God) to uphold and obey on the very first instance they each stepped onto the floor of Parliament. Mr Arore reportedly said his actions are democratic. Under which Constitution and under what system of government? With respect, the alleged conduct is the behavior of persons who have lost moral compass and who by their own conduct are announcing to the nation that they are no longer fit to be accorded the title “Honourable”, a word that goes with an honourable profession – politics.

Section 15 of the Organic Law which provides for the procedures of Provincial Assemblies states that the Provincial Governor shall preside at all meetings of the Provincial Assembly at which he is present. And if the Provincial Governor is not present then it must be because, as Section 14 says, he is on leave of absence, or absent from the province, or is out of speedy and effective communication, or is otherwise unable to perform, or is not readily available to perform the duties of his office. In that case the Deputy Governor shall perform the functions and responsibilities of the Governor as Chairman of the Provincial Assembly. Governor Juffa was and is not on leave. He was and is readily available to perform the functions and responsibilities as the Chairman of the Oro Provincial Assembly. This week he has been out of the province, however he has not been out of speedy and effective communication so he would have been notified if an urgent or special provincial assembly meeting was necessary.

Unlike the government in the National Parliament Provincial Governors and Deputy Governors are not protected by law by way of grace period prohibiting motion of no confidence brought against them for a certain period from the date they take office. They are subject to a motion of no confidence provided for by Section 20 of the Organic Law. A Provincial Assembly may by a two-thirds absolute majority voting on a motion, dismiss the Provincial Governor or Deputy Provincial Governor. The motion must be expressed to be a motion to dismiss the Governor or the Deputy Governor. A notice of the motion must be presented to the Clerk of the Assembly (although the Clerk is not expressly mentioned by law) not less than one week’s notice. The notice must be signed by not less than one quarter of the total number of seats in the assembly. The grounds for dismissal of the Governor or the Deputy Governor are: (1) deliberately and persistently frustrating or failing to comply with the resolutions of the Provincial Assembly, or (2) deliberately and persistently disobeying applicable laws, including the Constitution, an Organic Law or any national legislation applying in the province, or (3) is negligent in exercising his powers or performing his functions, duties and responsibilities, or (4) does an act that is or is likely to bring into disrepute or call into question the integrity of his office. For the purposes of the first two grounds the conduct of the Governor or the Deputy must be deliberate and not a genuine mistake and it must be persistent, meaning not a one-off conduct but is continuous or obstinate. If Governor Juffa has by his conduct satisfied any of the grounds he is, like everyone, subject to the law. But the law must be invoked properly by those who are proper members of Oro Provincial Assembly as recognized by the Constitutional Law.

When there is a successful motion of no confidence against the Governor, the next in line to replace him is any one of the MPs from the province unless they are not themselves disqualified or are dismissed from the assembly. In the case of Northern Province, both MPs are disqualified by automatic operation of law. David Arore chose not to be sworn in as a member of Oro Provincial Assembly together with his colleagues on the first occasion following the conclusion of the general elections for Local-level Governments (LLGs) in Northern Province. He showed no interest in providing leadership and governance through the Provincial Assembly. More than two years lapsed. Then on 20 September 2014 in a secret ceremony outside of the “Horukari Bande” (Oro Provincial Assembly) he decides to get sworn in as a member of the Assembly. So now he has interest for the province(?).

There is no specific time prescribed by law as to when a person gets sworn in as a member of a Provincial Assembly. However the Constitution at Section 249 says that every person who is subject to the Leadership Code, before taking office and entering upon the duties of exercising any powers of his office, shall be sworn into office. Then Section 15 of the Provincial Government Administration Act 1997 states that the “Provincial Assembly shall meet within 15 days of the day fixed for the return of the writs following a general election to Local-level Governments”. Therefore members of the Oro Provincial Assembly would have been sworn in within 15 days of the day fixed for the return of the writs following a general election to LLGs. That date would have been its first meeting. But prior to conducting their business they would have been sworn in first in accordance with Section 249 Constitution. If Mr Arore was not readily available at that point, then he could have taken steps to be sworn in at the next schedule meeting. But he chose stay away for two years and then to get sworn in at a secret ceremony outside the assembly only reveals his true intent.

As for the allegation that Delilah Gore spent K17,000 of her Department’s money for the purpose now subject of the saga being clearly a purpose not intended by law is a clear misapplication of public funds. If the allegation is true then she is no better than Governor Havila Kavo or Francis Potape both of whom were recently found guilty of similar crime by the National Court. In May 2010 a New South Wales Labor MP Mr David Campbell resigned when it the media revealed him using his Government car to visit a gay sauna in Sydney. On 16 April 2014 NSW Premier Barry O’Farrel resigned over revelation at an anti-corruption commission hearing that he received an A$3,000 (K6,709.00) bottle of wine from a Liberal Party fund-raiser. On 27 April 2014, Jung Hong-won Prime Minister of South Korea resigned from office following the sinking of MV Sewol on 16 April 2014 in which more than 300 people were killed. He did so not because he was responsible in any way but because he was the ‘ceremonial head’ of the government which was heavily criticized for slow response to the disaster. Here, Delilah Gore has voluntarily offered to mothers, women and children, the disabled and disadvantaged kids and all who fall under her ministerial portfolio 17,000 reasons for her resignation. If she does not then her government which announced to this nation from day one of taking office that it will offer ‘transparency and accountability’ to translate those words into action. Both Havila and Potape who are in government should resign too.

Drunk Arore abuses Gary Juffa on talk back radio

October 30, 2014 4 comments

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In a highly  embarrassing twist  to the Oro province power struggle, a drunk Ijiviari MP, David Arore, called in to Roger Hau’Ofa’s Talkback show today and screamed abuse at the Oro Governor, Gary Juffa while  millions of Papua New Guineans were tuned in.

One listener described Arore’s conduct as both hilarious and disgraceful after one member of the mob in the background was heard using the “F” word.

Talk back host, Roger Hau’ofa was also verbally abused by the Ijiviatri MP. He was later forced to switch off  the intoxicated member of parliament who “virtually screamed” at the radio host and the governor.

Without missing a beat, Gary Jufa,  said: “…and that is the kind of alternative that Oro people have.”

It is also understood, the FM 100 signal was switched off in Popondetta from 10am onwards  with no clear explanation.