Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 1 April 2015

Radio Vanuatu’s bulletin at mid-day attempted to cover the work of the Public Accounts Committee meeting over the matter of the failure of many State Owned Authorities to lodge annual reports with the Auditor General. Radio Vanuatu (VBTC) is amongst the statutory bodies being further investigated. However, the news reporting failed to offer a satisfactory technical quality to be understood by listeners. We are aware, however, that the Committee is meeting.

Cyclone Pam’s passage requires the Magistrates’ Court having to set a new date for the case of the 19 Members of Parliament facing bribery charges. Sixteen were originally charged but the Police investigations resulted in a further 3 MPs being charged. The issue led Daily Post reporting today.

And of course Post covered many of the stories relating to rehabilitation and aid. For a start, the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (another body being investigated in relation to statutory reporting failure) is releasing payments required by its membership for emergency relief. They are expecting to be making a thousand such payouts daily. Australian forces on board HMAS Tobruk have completed relief and reconstruction work on Tanna and Erromango. And Ifira Trustees is assisting its beneficiaries.

The market has re-opened, but it is still empty. There were reports of food from the Teouma Valley being sold from vehicles in town.

Vanuatu Daily News Digest is not going to be reporting for the next week. There is no need for search parties to be looking for the editor, as recently. In any case, they won’t be able find him. However, he will be back on the job soon thereafter and those readers receiving copies automatically will receive the Digest again. Happy Easter.