Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 10 June 2015

Prime Minister Natuman explained his need for teamwork from his brother ministers when he gave his reasons for the termination of Kilman in Daily Post today. The veteran politician had not detailed the offences committed by his former minister when his termination was announced. The most blatant Kilman move against the unity of his colleagues was in his decisions as regards the West Papua struggle for independence from Indonesia, Natuman explains, answering Kilman. Vanuatu was mis-represented by Kilman at the 60th Asian – African Conference. Kilman had also tried to lobby for a new ambassador for Vanuatu in Jakarta and was too closely connected to the recently arrested Kevin Lai in Thailand.

For his part Kilman is seeking legal advice to sue Vila Times over a recent article not yet seen by this Digest concerning alleged "media fabrication." The Digest will attempt to cover this.

Post also reveals that former Justice Minister Alfred Carlot feels he was terminated for not agreeing to take on the foreign minister post, and that re-shuffling means more instability. PM Natuman may now reveal more in Parliament tomorrow. However, it is certain he will emphasize the need for team work and employment of the most loyal and capable as ministers of government.

The motion is apparently to be heard at 4 pm tomorrrow. This Digest is going into recess until that time.