Parliament meets in a fortnight, on Thursday 1 June. This will be the first ordinary sitting for 2017. Nine government Bills are will be debated, including Read the rest of this entry »
Today is World Press Freedom Day. This morning, the Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV) organised a march in support of media freedom through downtown Port Vila. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai addressed the journalists and producers in attendance. A free press is critical to a functioning democracy, and something worth fighting for.
The retrial of the Conspiracy case has been adjourned until 6 June. The former MPs Read the rest of this entry »
Residents of a squatter settlement recently established in the Korman area of the capital have been given two weeks to move out. Police issued the notice to the people living behind the Read the rest of this entry »
The parole-granted release of ten former MPs on Friday (after the 7 April Appeal Court decision) is overshadowed by the fact that they will be back in court next week to enter their pleas in the retrial of the conspiracy case. Public Prosecutor Naiguleva says Read the rest of this entry »
VBTC has suspended its General Manager and its Financial Controller. VBTC Chairman Jonety Jerety suspended GM Fred Vurobaravu and FC Roy Mariasua last Friday. Jerety says financial mismanagement is the main reason for the pair’s suspension – VBTC has been operating outside of its budget for some time. Read the rest of this entry »
It must be encouraging for Vanuatu civil servants to see the Chairman of the Public Service Commission Martin Mahe reappointed by Read the rest of this entry »
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 »