Former PM Serge Vohor and former minister Steven Kalsakau will be released from prison on parole tomorrow. Eleven other former politicians are also eligible for release, several from the corrupt former government incarcerated after charges of guilt in a huge bribery case. The former Prime Minister Moana Carcasses cannot be considered for good behaviour release until at least October. Under the Leadership Code Act, their criminal convictions mean they will not be able to stand again for political office until 2025. Read the rest of this entry »
Dummy spit? Yesterday, Opposition Leader Ishmael Kalsakau was reliably reported by national radio as saying that the Government is seeking to avoid the the full advisory consultation the people deserve on the constitutional changes which the bipartisan Constitutional Review Committee is working on. He also complained that the Government is forcing income tax on people (which is not really true, since all that has happened so far is that it has started a discussion on the topic.) And PACER Plus got a swipe when we have been debating it for over a decade, along with every other Pacific island country.
Today we learn that Read the rest of this entry »
A Hong Kong company, Vanuatu Registry Services Limited (VRS), is suing the Vanuatu Government, leader of the opposition Ishmael Kalsakau and his deputy Sato Kilman concerning Read the rest of this entry »
Caretaker Minister of Lands Steven Kalsakau’s letter ordering the allocation of land in Vila and Luganville for staff is on page 3 of Daily Post today. Transparency International Vanuatu (TIV) warns that such land purchases are highly likely to be challenged in court. Kalsakau says 50% of the premium is required and only 10% enables the transfer, according to the Minister’s letter to the Acting Director of Lands, Peter Pata, also one of the recipients of the dodgy land.
Vanuatu Daily Digest is aware of at least one such transfer already being on-sold to an Asian businessman in the Freswota area. With an original sale of dubious legality (and even more dubious ethics) subsequent sales may also be faced with court action. Potential buyers should be extremely careful. The media and TIV have done their best to ensure the public is aware of this fraudulent activity within the Ministry.
Ministers Alfred Carlot and Marcellino Pipite yesterday pleaded not guilty to boarding the yacht Phocea before Customs, Immigration and Quarantine clearance. Others involved in the matter, however, Read the rest of this entry »