July 20, 2019

PNG Eastern Highlands Governor Numu calls for investigations

PNG's Eastern Highlands Governor, Peter Numu, is calling for further investigations into the dealings of two businesses owned by businessman, Simon Sia.

This comes in the wake of Sia’s arrest by detectives from the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate on July 11th at the Jacksons Airport in Port Moresby, where he was charged with two counts of money laundering and misappropriation of K5.9million in government cheques.

The cheques were paid to Asia Pacific Investment trading as Bintangor and Gold Bell Construction Ltd for supply of necessary materials and chemical to build a new coffee factory in Konkua village, in the Kainantu District.

According to investigators the funds were misused, and both companies are owned by Mr. Sia.

Governor Numu, states that K5.9million was an extremely large amount of money that his people in Kainatu had missed out on since 2012.

The Governor says the Kainantu people had their constitutional right to lay a complaint with the police, but administratively, why and how a large amount of money that can vanish without proper procurement process under the Public Finance Management Act, is indeed a mystery.

Numu is calling on the Police Minister, Bryan Kramer, to direct the Fraud Squad to dig deeper into the two companies dealings, saying millions of kina in government cheques have been paid over the years into their accounts for projects throughout the 8 Districts in the province.

The Governor states that if further investigations reveal similar instances of money laundering and misappropriation, every person involved must be put behind bars.

He states that these people must rot in jail, as he wants justice to prevail for his people and the provincial government of Eastern Highlands.  FM100/ONEPNG
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