Friday’s press conference by the First Political Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office, Richard Kaltongga, still features prominently in the media. Radio Vanuatu continues to emphasize the perceived need for the Government to regain lease titles to land which were not properly alienated. Government, together with the Department of Lands and Public Service Commission, is investigating. The Kilman Government of 2013 appears to be investigating the Kilman Government of 2010 to 2012, as only Ministers of the earlier Kilman Government could have authorised such transactions, and it is the Council of Ministers in 2010 which issued the ban on the sale of leases to Government lands. The example already been given was restated: some 90 hectares of Vanuatu Livestock Development land was transferred to a private individual for an unstated lease premium. Similar land at Narpow Point is said by Kaltongga to be selling for 30 or 40 million vatu per hectare. The same sort of thing, says Kaltongga, goes on at Luganille. Kaltongga says if it is not careful, Government will lose all its land if this corruption continues.
Use of government vehicles is also being investigated, says Kaltongga, in other VBTC reporting. Only the Minister or his driver are entitled to drive ministerial vehicles. Once again there is denial by Kaltongga, of PPP or Prime Minister Sato Kilman receiving funds from Pascal Anh Quan Saken.
Daily Post concentrates today on Kaltongga, pointing out that both Australia and Vanuatu want security boosted, and that is why the Australian Federal Police should “come back with their aid money but [also] with specific instructions of what is expected of them.” It is hard to imagine that there were not previously “specific instructions” in place. Radio Vanuatu said the AFP will help to bring back discipline to the Police.
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Prime Minister Sato Kilman has not made any statement concerning Foreign Minister Alfred Carlot or Pascal Anh Quan Saken through the mainstream media in Vanuatu yet. This comes about when their partnership is the most discussed topic in the media and nakamals of the capital. Opposition Leader Edward Natapei, in the Daily Post on Friday, insisted the PM terminate Carlot. Natapei sees Carlot’s involvement with Saken as detrimental to Vanuatu’s international credibility.
VBTC News this weekend carried a complaint by Immigration officers over the establishment of a new company, Pacific Migration Consultants, by the DG of Internal Affairs, George Bogiri. The Principal Immigration Officer, François Batick said the new company will be able to earn over Vt 200 million annually.
The President of the Vanuatu Vietnamese Association, Dinh Van Than, says Pascal Anh Quan Saken was born in Vietnam and lived there until he was 11 years old. He then moved to France for 15 years and became a French citizen, he says in this weekend’s Daily Post. “It was a lie that Pascal Saken went to school in Port Vila as I would have known him. Instead Pascal Saken went on to live in Bangkok to this day”, Than told Daily Post. Dinh Van Than was born in Vanuatu in 1944 and has lived here ever since. Foreign Minister Alfred Carlot had told freelance journalist Hilaire Bule, when the Phocea was boarded in July last year, how he came to know Pascal Anh Quan. The Minister replied “While you were still playing in your jungle [on Pentecost], I was going to school with him in town.” Than says Saken did not attend any school, in town, and it is a lie to say he did.
Pascal Anh Quan Saken sees himself as the deputy head of the Vanuatu European Union embassy in Brussels. He claims he still holds a valid Vanuatu diplomatic passport, even though the Prime Minister’s Office cancelled it and advised the Commissioner of Police that the passport was cancelled last year. Radio Vanuatu News yesterday morning carried a report based on an interview Pascal Anh Quan gave Radio New Zealand International on Friday. Saken claims to have been the victim of bad publicity while in Papua New Guinea and says that reports are all untrue and just aimed at damaging his reputation. He is still working hard for Vanuatu, he says. He is hoping to work more with Europe and the United States to build the structure of his country, Vanuatu. Saken says he cannot come to Vanuatu because his sailing boat Phocea is still being held by the Government on suspicion of carrying arms or drugs. He says he has heard all the allegations against him. While in PNG, he could not meet the US Ambassador as planned, but hopes to go back to PNG next month. He has also heard his passport was revoked by PM Kilman last September, but he believes the passport he holds is still valid.
The Citizenship Commission has announced that adult “adoption” does not entitle the adoptee to Vanuatu citizenship. The Citizenship Commission will continue to expect new citizen applicants to have resided in Vanuatu for more than ten years. Read the rest of this entry »
We didn’t realise that Charles Henry University was teaching creative fiction, but a source has kindly located a copy of Vu Anh Quan Saken’s curriculum vitae, which makes for fascinating reading.
No idea what the other flag is. The flag above the Vanuatu flag is the state flag of Peru. Click on the image below to download the full PDF (3Mb). He gives his birthplace as “boulevard,efate,Vanuatu” [sic] and gives his residence as Paradise Cove, Pango, Efate.
Sato Kilman’s candidacy for general election in doubt as Vt 13 million in outstanding rent goes unpaidPosted: October 16, 2012
Radio New Zealand International last night said had Caretaker PM Sato Kilman still owes about Vt 13 million on outstanding rent on the house which has recently been given to him by Lands Minister Steven Kalsakau for just Vt 900,000. This therefore remains a debt to the Vanuatu Government by its leader which should disqualify Kilman from candidacy in the October 30 election. Veteran ni-Vanuatu journalist Hilaire Bule says Treasury personnel report holding four unpaid invoices showing the debts Kilman needs to clear. The Caretaker Finance Minister and Caretaker PM are in different political parties.
Caretaker PM Kilman seems more concerned with the fraud which he expects to happen in the five days between 24 October, when campaigning ends, and 30 October when we go to vote. He did not mention his alleged outstanding debt in the broadcast. “The long period between the end of campaigning and the election date can mean Read the rest of this entry »
Not only does he dabble in biotechnology and farming, Anh Quan, or Vu Anh Kuan as he also calls himself, is also the illustrious chairman of the yachting charter company Billionaire Yacht Club, or so his claims his website:
[Billionaire Yacht Club] was formed by Mr. Vu Anh Kuan, founder of Mangusta Yachts Singapore, the exclusive provider and official brand of Shanghai Billionaire Club, also founder of Luxury Cruiseline Co., Ltd. Mr. Vu Anh had built “Meditation”, which is a custom 130 foot luxury yacht and is co-owner of the shipyard “Tango” in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and former owner of Elite Modeling Agency Singapore.
This explains his penchant for luxury mega-yachts. But given such experience with the yachting industry, one would think he would know all about quarantine, customs and immigration clearance upon entry into a port, no?
One thing he does appear to know is the value of collecting a slew of name variations across a range of jurisdictions…
Lands Minister Steven Kalsakau has approved a lease over large area of the customary lands of Lelepa and Mangaliliu (Lelema) to a Mele man for 75 years, against the wishes of the customary land owners. Mangaliliu Chief Mormor said at the time of the creation of a customary lease application for their own lands, back in May: “We want a custom land lease ourselves, over our land, to protect ourselves and our land”. The North Efate land owners now have to protect themselves from the Minister of Lands. Daily Post leads with this story today. It covers how the chiefs of North Efate wrote to the Minister requesting a halt to all further land dealings in their area after nearly two years of consultation and mapping and for six community leases to be issued so their lands could truly remain theirs in perpetuity.
The Land Reform Act [Cap 123] gives the Minister for Lands the power to approve leases on behalf of customary owners if the land is in dispute. However, the Lelema lands are not under dispute and are unalienated. Minister Kalsakau here is acting in breach of the Act and against the letter of the Constitution. There is speculation too that the Mele lessee is just a front man for powerful foreign business interests.