January 26, 2016

Polye to refer Ano Pala to Ombudsman Commission

PNG Opposition leader Don Polye has called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to have Ano Pala step aside as Attorney-General because of his alleged involvement in the procurement of the awarding of a contract.
The contract is for the construction of the Supreme and National Court building in Waigani. Polye also accused Pala of trying to influence Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on the selection of a contractor.
Polye has also written to Sir Salamo asking that “you consider the ethical implications of any intervention you wish to make to members of NEC (National Executive Council) in the granting of the contract for the Waigani court complex”.
The letter dated January 21, 2016, was copied to O’Neill, Pala and Acting Chief Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari.
Polye plans to refer Pala to the Ombudsman Commission for allegedly interfering with the procurement process of the awarding of that contract. “I will not only refer this matter to the Ombudsman Commission but also take it to the courts,” Polye said.
He said relevant documents would be given to the Ombudsman to refer Pala for interfering in the procurement process.
He said engineers estimated that the construction cost was K430 million.
Polye said he had documents which showed that the technical evaluation committee appointed by the Central Supply and Tenders Board had short-listed three bidders which were recommended to Cabinet.