Media reports say controversial Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko has been issued a “stern warning“ by World Rugby to refrain from interfering with Rugby matters in the country [see story below].
World Rugby is the international governing body for Rugby Union and has a zero-tolerance policy on political interference. It views the issue so seriously it could suspend PNG teams from participating in regional and international tournaments.
But Rugby Union is not the only rugby code where Minister Tkatchenko is heavily involved.
Justin Tkatchenko is the sole shareholder of PNG Rugby League Foundation Limited, where he is also a director.
PNG Rugby League Foundation is, in turn, the sole shareholder in PNG NRL Bid Limited, where Tkatchenko is also, again, a director.
So Tkatchenko owns both PNG Rugby League Foundation Limited and PNG NRL Bid Limited and sits on the board of both companies.
But his involvement doesn’t end there. Justin Tkatchenko is also a director for Team Kumuls Limited, owned by Sandis Tsaka.
How is that for political interference!
Minister Tkatchenko has recently applied for planning permission to build a lavish multi-million dollar estate in the exclusive Brisbane, Australia, suburb of Brookfield.
World Rugby Warns PNG Sports Minister Justin Tkatechenko
Source: NBC News/ PNG Today
Papua New Guinea Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko has been issued a stern warning by World Rugby to refrain from interfering with Rugby matters in the country, NBC reports.
The warning comes after Tkatchenko verbally announced the election of Steven Kami as the interim president-elect for PNG Rugby Football Union during the official launching of the Jonah Lomah Legacy Cup late last year.
In a letter dated December 2016, World Rugby to asked Minister Tkatchenko not to show further involvement in governance matters of the PNG Rugby Football Union.
This warning also comes at a time when the PNGRFU remains in a dispute over its constitution and who to hold the head of the office in the country.
Under its bylaws, World Rugby has a zero-tolerance on political interference, with the consequence of suspending the countries representative teams from participating in regional and international tournaments.
The letter goes on to say further involvement by the Minister may jeopardise rugby’s national teams participation in regional and international tournaments.
World Rugby is sending an observer from Oceania Rugby to attend a selected PNGRFU Annual General Meeting, to ensure all agendas are ironed out before a new president is elected.
Minister Tkatchenko’s office confirmed with NBC News, they had received the letter and details of his response will be made public when World Rugby confirms receipt of the Minister’s response.
Papua New Guinea’s Minister for APEC, Sports and Special Events is applying for planning permission to build an elaborate mini-estate on an 8.5 acre property, 15 Upper Brookfield Road, recently purchased, in his wife’s name, in a the suburbs of Brisbane.
There is, however, confusion in the official documentation submitted by the Tkatchenko’s to the Brisbane City Council, over the name of the company making the development application.
On June 1, 2016, Tkatchenko’s wife, Catherine, signed a form stating the planning application for 15 Upper Brookfield Road is being made by an Australian company, Kitara Pty Limited.
The Planning Consultant firm Catherine and Justin have hired to manage their planning consent application, Clegg Town Planning, then submitted the full development application to Brisbane City Council. In their covering letter, dated 9 June 2016, Clegg’s clearly states the application is being made on behalf of their client, Kitara Pty Limited.
As an extract from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission shows, Kitara Pty Ltd is an Australian listed company owned by two Chinese nationals, Lam and Hung Kam, based in Melbourne.
What is the connection between the Kam’s and Minister Tkatchenko’s planned rural estate in the Brisbane suburbs?
Perhaps none, as other documentation filed in respect of the planning application for 15 Upper Brookfield Road uses a completely different company name, Kitoro No.33 Limited – documents such as the Development Application Lodgement Form, lodged on 19 July, 2016:
And the IDAS Form:
Kitoro No.33 is, of course, a PNG registered company long associated with Minister Tkatchenko and some of his dubious business dealings.
So what is going on here? Did Catherine forget the name of her and her husbands company is Kitoro No.33 and mistakenly sign a form saying it was Kitara Pty Limited?
Or was this an attempt to intentionally mislead and deceive?
Maybe Kitara Pty, and the Han’s, are somehow connected to the Tkatchenko’s and their planning application?
But if so, why the sudden switch in the documentation to using the name Kitoro No.33?
If nothing else, someone needs to clear up the confusion and inform the council and the people of Brisbane just who is making the development application!
Papua New Guinea’s Minister for APEC, Sports and Special Events, Justin Tkatchenko, is planning to build for himself a lavish multi-million dollar mini-estate on 8.5 acres of land in the rural Brisbane suburb of Brookfield.
The estate will comprise an ornate main dwelling (shown above) with feature spiral staircase and cupola roof, a three bed-room second dwelling, large gym, animal stables, an ornamental lake with two fountains, a large bird aviary complex, 25 metre swimming pool, two pavilions, garages, sheds, large greenhouse and other outbuildings.
All this on a piece of land Tkatchenko purchased for a cool $1.77 million in November 2015, as revealed on PNG Blogs .
Tkatchenko already owns another home in Brisbane, in the exclusive inner city suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, purchased in 2011 for $1.1 million.
Minister Tkatchenko has a long history of unanswered fraud allegations and has been exposed for lying to Parliament over contracts awarded to his family business; the same business, Kitoro No.33, that is now involved in the development of 15 Upper Brookfield Road.
If you can judge the wealth of a man by the size of his house then the last four years have been very kind to Justin Tkatchenko. Based on the value of his property holdings in Queensland he might have tripled his wealth as a Minister since 2012!
Last week PNG Blogs revealed that Minister Tkatchenko has recently purchased a piece of land in the Brookfield area of Brisbane for a cool $1.6 million. Brookfield is a largely rural superb about 13km west of the Brisbane city centre.
For his $1.6m (about K3.8 million), Tkatchenko has acquired an empty block of land on which Brisbane City Council records reveal, he now intends to build a house, secondary dwelling, horse stables, greenhouses, garage, gym, a 380 square metre aviary and a lake!. When completed, his new mini estate, will be worth well upwards of $3 million.
But the Brookfield estate is not the only property Tkatchenko ownes in Brisbane. In 2011 he purchased No. 12 Cubberla Street in the exclusive suburb of Fig Tree Pocket for a cool $1.1 million (approximately K2.6 million).
Fig Tree Pocket is an up-market riverside suburb 5km west of the Brisbane CBD. The houses are spacious and widely spread and there is a large proportion of trees and parks and little noise or traffic.
No. 12 Cubberla Street is described as “a stunning family home” where “Country Style Acreage Meets Inner City Convenience”.
This is how the real estate agents describe Justin’s current home in Cubberla Street…
“Set in the most idyllic setting offering the peace and tranquillity of a country manor, this majestic home is only minutes to suburban facilities and the CBD virtually on its doorstep. Free of neighbours and so in touch with nature this type of living is hard to find.
A sprawling, elevated and landscaped 2467m2 parcel of land is graced by a brick home of equally large proportions offering space for the whole family. The master built home offers beautiful informal and formal spaces for hassle free entertaining.
The stunning atrium style lounge is a stylish centrepiece of the home compete with double
sided fireplace that integrates perfectly with dining and kitchen and meals area. A gourmet kitchen with high quality appliances is set adjacent to the entertainers deck with a captivating scenery outlook.
A private and elegant master suite allows for a tranquil parents retreat complete with walk-in robe, lavish ensuite and access to the expansive wrap around verandahs. Two remaining bedrooms on the upper level both boast built-in robes, while the fourth bedroom on the lower makes for a great guests quarters with a separate rumpus room leading out to the manicured gardens.
The oversized garage easily accommodates 3 cars with ample storage and work bench space. This stunning family home also features a study and is perfect for the growing family and provides a wonderful private and secluded oasis for children to play and explore”.
So, from $1.1 million in 2011, after five years as a Minister, Justin now owns property in Brisbane worth over $2.7 million and has plan to turn that into more than $4 million once his new home is built!
Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko has referred to a national rugby official as ‘primitive’, following a melee at Saturday’s Digicel semi-final.
No one would defend a brawling team official, but this racist, demeaning language from a Minister no less has no excuse.
This is how the neo-colonialists oppress us. They demean our culture, history and character, through labels such as primitive. They make us feel small and backward.
They then offer to help us ‘develop’, for a price, of course. Our minerals, land, and trees are all the price for entering their ‘modernity’.
But what exactly have these modern day foreign missionaries taught us?
Here is the example set by the ‘highly educated’ Mr Tkatchenko:
Corruption, theft and cronyism.
Sadly Justin Tkatchenko’s statement only says, what a lot of expatriates think. Many were town fools back in Australia, but they come here and assume thrones, commanding business, government and the media.
They have dipped their hands in bribery, corruption and theft, arguably better than any national, but then piously lecture us on good governance.
Then when our politicians get involved in grease and theft, the foreign academics claim this is a result of Westminster democracy being poisoned by Melanesian ways.
No sirs, it is you who introduced corruption and theft. Our politicians are not corrupt because they are Melanesians, they are corrupt because they have mastered the dark arts of dispossession that the white colonialists brought to Papua New Guinea, so they could pillage our land and resources.
Rimbunan Hijau may be heavily embroiled in illegal logging, tax dodging and financial misreporting, the SABL land grab and human rights abuses, but none of that bothers Justin Tkatchenko (who of course has his own long history of fraud allegations)…
Rimbunan Hijau opens newest hotel, suite
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA in THE NATIONAL (also owned by tax dodging RH)
THE newest hotel and suite in the city is to be opened in September of this year. Stanley Hotel and suite is a massive investment by the Rimbunan Hijau Company which will see 95 per cent employment of nationals in the hotel and tourism industry. In an inspection on Friday afternoon, Minister responsible for National Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko visited the hotel to see for himself what has been done so far. The 18-level hotel contains 433 rooms and serviced apartment complexes, including the presidential suite. The hotel’s executive assistant manager Robert Schlenther said that the running of the hotel depends on the flexibility of its operations, in allowing visitors to be able to receive service without too much of a hassle. Mr Tkatchenko was equally impressed and said that the challenge was to maintain the hotel’s quality service and rooms for years to come. He added that the inspection reinforced the wow factor awaiting the delegates of the APEC summit and other delegates attending the FIFA World Cup this year and the World Cup next year. The standard and deluxe rooms offer all the amenities expected in a first class hotel, with the executive rooms accessible to the exclusive club lounge. The one or two bedroom apartments are the ideal place to call home with fully equipped kitchens. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, café, gym, pool, and spa with its ballroom able to seat from 10 to 1000 people.
Minister has lied in Parliament over his involvement in a family company awarded a K27 million contract in dubious circumstances
Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko has a long history of unanswered fraud allegations. Now he is trying to bat away accusations of corruption over a massive K27 million contract awarded to his family company to keep the flowers growing in Port Moresby. But not only has the Minister failed to answer the substantive allegations against him he has misled Parliament and lied to the people.
Tkatchenko [see story below] does not deny that the company he founded, Kitoro No.33, which trades under the name PNG Gardener, is the beneficiary of the K27 million contract.
Nor has he denied that the bid submitted by Kitoro No.33 was the highest among seven competing tenders received by the National Capital District.
The bid was “unquantified and staggering” according to eminent lawyer and MP Alan Marat and contained costings that were “grossly exorbitant, dubious and amount to defrauding the State”.
Instead of answering these allegations directly Tkatchecko has tried to deflect attention by making out that as he has resigned his directors position and handed his shares in the company to his wife, everything is above board.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Kitoro No.33 is still a Tkatchenko family owned and controlled company and the profits made directly benefit Justin. The Minister still has everything to gain from ensuring the success of the company. Whether the shares are held by him directly or his wife makes no difference he is still a direct beneficiary.
It is also completely false for Tkatchenko to claim he resigned his directorship and sold his shares in 2012 as he stated in Parliament:
“I am no longer the director and shareholder since 2012″.
Not true, Justin.
PNG Exposed has obtained documents that clearly show Tkatchenko did not remove himself as a director and shareholder until April 2014 – nearly two years after the election!
Tkatchenko has also lied in Parliament about his involvement in company affairs since the 2012 election:
“I have no working input in the company since I became a member of parliament.”
Not true Justin.
Here you are still signing documents as the company Managing Directpr in February 2013:
Tkatchenko said in Parliament:
“Let’s get our facts right before we start opening our mouths and telling lies and misleading situations about my family company,”
But, as the documents show, it is Tkatchenko who has got his facts wrong, it is Tkatchenko who is telling lies and it is Tkatchenkp who is “misleading situations” [sic]
Source: Post Courier
By ANDREW ALPHONSE
A MASSIVE K27 million contract was awarded to PNG Gardener, a company owned by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, to beautify Port Moresby, Parliament was told yesterday.
Rabaul MP Allan Marat suggested during Question Time that Mr Tkatchenko may have used his influence to award the city beautification contract to Kitore No. 3, trading as PNG Gardener, which is allegedly owned by Mr Tkatchenko.
However, Mr Tkatchenko said he had declared his interest to the Ombudsman Commission and was no longer a shareholder or director of PNG Gardener.
Mr Marat had produced documents which showed that seven other companies tendered for the National Capital District Commission contract which PNG Gardener won in January at the cost of K9 million a year for three years – 2015-17, totalling to K27 million.
He claimed that PNG Gardener’s bid was “unquantified and staggering” as it was the highest from the seven others but yet was given the nod by NCDC.
Mr Marat highlighted some exotic scope of work in the report like the K400,000 for the beautification of Erima roundabout, K300,000 for Eight-Mile roundabout, K80,000 for Four-Mile roundabout, K90,000 for Koki roundabout and repainting work and K50,000 for the PNG Institute of Public Administration roundabout, among others.
Mr Marat asked whether the painters, cleaners and gardeners were paid K10,000 to K20,000 as the figures were “grossly exorbitant, dubious and amounts to defrauding the State”.
Mr Tkatchenko responded that PNG Gardener had a proven track record of keeping the city clean in the past 20 years while every legal process was followed.
He said it was not only about putting flowers pots on the roadsides but PNG Gardener employed more than 2000 people fortnightly who sweep and clean the city everyday.
Mr Tkatchenko said he had disclosed his interest in the company to the Ombudsman Commission and ceased to be a director and shareholder when he became an MP in 2012.
He said he operated in a crystal-clear manner and when the tenders’ board sat to award the contract, he had to excuse himself from the meeting.
Speaker Theodore Zurenuoc refused to entertain more questions on the matter when Attorney-General Ano Pala interjected with a point of order which prevented Mr Marat from tabling the report
Minister Tkatchenko has a long history of fraud allegations
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.