Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 15 October 2015Posted: October 15, 2015
27 MPs sign the Motion of No Confidence in Kilman because of the current political situation in the country which has seen an acting president illegally pardoning himself and 13 colleague MPs convicted guilty on bribery charges a week ago. This has embarrassed the country internationally the Opposition claims, and as is clearly heard as such in international reporting of overseas broadcasters. The one MP who admitted guilt in bribery matters (Willie Jimmy) was not pardoned. The 27 MPs (just over half the Parliament) are clearly behind the Opposition leaders, Natuman, Lini and Regenvanu. PM Kilman has issued a few more words in the matter of the pardons, simply to say he does not need the advice of the Opposition. (Daily Post) As head of the Executive he must wait until a final decision is taken by the Judiciary, he claims.
‘Pipite premature pardons’ aside, Daily Post today reveals huge additional allowances for VT 27 million per annum to the Official Salaries Act under headings which have been gazetted – but are effectively "new salaries or perks".
The State Law Office says it is neutral on the pardon question and says it did not play an active role in the pardon issues.
A senior government officer said that ministers of government did consider deporting Justice Mary Sey after the bribery convictions, but the PM was not present.
Anyway, voting day has progressed peacefully today and only took 4 minutes from ‘in to out’ at the new ex-FOL voting station, the catering and hospitality school.