[Talemaot! archive] Lack of action by Prime Minister Sato Kilman at Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation

Archive of a post that originally appeared on the now deleted blog http://talemaot.wordpress.com on 22 May, 2012. Click here to see a screengrab of the original post.

Lack of action by Prime Minister Sato Kilman at Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation

Prime Minister Sato Kilman has failed to take any real action in response to the findings of the Auditor General’s Investigation into the Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation (VBTC) – which is under his portfolio. The Investigation Report was submitted to him almost a year ago in June 2011.
Despite his promises to the public to tackle corruption, Prime Minister Kilman is instead pushing VBTC to increase television coverage to Malekula, his parliamentary constituency before this year’s general elections. Presumably, this fits in with his campaign strategy for re-election into parliament.
It is unfortunate that the PM has allowed his own self interest to take priority at VBTC rather than demonstrate any real commitment to the firm words he uttered in his 2012 New Year Message. In case the people of Vanuatu have forgotten, here again are the Honourable Prime Minister’s words:

Start Quote:
“Long tisfala niu yia, bambae bigfala objektiv blong mi olsem Praem Minista hemi blong mekem se Pablik Service blong yumi hemi bikam mo strong. Bambae ikat fulap investigesen mo lukluk long wok blong fulap dipatmen. Korapsen mo fasin blong Fraud we istap insaed long kafman whether long level blong politik o long level blong pablik servants imas finis.”
[“In this new year, my main objective as Prime Minister is to ensure that our Public Service is strengthened. There will be lots of investigations into the work of numerous departments. The corrupt and fraudulent activities happening in government, whether at the political level or civil servant level must end.”]
 :End Quote

Click here to download the Auditor General’s Investigation Report of VBTC 2005-2011 in PDF format.

7 Comments on “Lack of action by Prime Minister Sato Kilman at Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation”

  1. Barry

    May 22, 2012

    This is one area which is lacking action from our authorities…many of the corporations do not have audit report carried out. Does any of you know whether any audit was carried out, apart from the VBTC?

    • Jason

      May 25, 2012

      The last Auditor General’s Report to Parliament was submiited in November 2007. It states that certain public entities had not produced audits for several years. These include VBTC, National Housing Corporation, Financial Services Commission, National Cultural Council, Airports Vanuatu, Port Vila & Luganville Municipalities, and Shefa Provincial Council, Also, the Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board was assessed to be insolvent as at September 2007 by the company auditors, Conway & Co.

  2. Ralph Regenvanu

    May 27, 2012

    I remember I was Minister of Justice at the time the report was released and the 4-year contract of the GM of VBTC was coming to an end and I recommended to the PM a number of times NOT to re-appoint the current GM because he was directly implicated in financial mismanagement by the report. The PM ignored my recommendation and renewed him for another contract

    • talemaot

      May 31, 2012

      Thank you for trying MP. It is extremely sad too, to learn from the Investigation Report that not only was the GM’s contract renewed. He’s package was increased from a starting figure of 180,000vatu/month in 2008 to 300,000vatu/month in 2011!!!! Why is someone who is so blatantly corrupt getting rewarded for it???

  3. Thomson Pakoa

    May 28, 2012

    It all boils down to the kind of people we vote into parliament. I think the majority have never seen a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. They may not be even aware of the financial provisions in an SOE enabling act.

    If the people of Vanuatu want an end to corruption they must vote to show that thy want to end corruption by voting in people who are able to stamp out corruption.

    • Rosa

      June 5, 2012

      True, true Mr Pakoa. On this note, people should read carefully what the Investigation Report says about the former staff member (and current board member) who should have been terminated when he was still a VBTC employee but instead was allowed to resign and then paid severance allowance in excess of what he is legally entitle to.

      He is now the National United Party endorsed candidate for the Ambrym Constituency in the coming general election. Will he be made to repay the severance overpayment as the law requires of election candidates?

      Only time will tell……….

      • Sala

        July 14, 2012

        Indeed corruption is at its best!