Motion of no confidence tabled against PM Sato Kilman

A motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Sato Kilman, signed by 28 MPs, has been deposited with the Parliamentary Clerk this afternoon, Friday 30 November. The current Kilman government is just 11 days old.

Under Article 43(2) of the Constitution of Vanuatu, Parliament must meet within seven days—i.e. before 7 December—to vote on the Motion. Here’s the full text of the Motion, in english and french:

Motion deposited with signatures of 28 MPs on the 30th November 2012

REASONS for the Motion

And Whereas:

  1. Immediately after his election as Prime Minister, the Hon. Sato Kilman Livtunvanu proceeded to appoint as his Ministers those Members of Parliament who were his former Ministers in his previous Government, some of whom have been convicted by the courts and others whose cases are still pending in court, and by being clearly unable to discipline his Ministers and by failing to maintain a commitment to good governance that requires such discipline, continues to perpetuate corruption and to bring disrepute on the Government and the Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu;
  1. Under the leadership of Hon. Sato Kilman Livtunvanu in the previous Government, he failed to effectively manage the financial affairs of the state, by allowing flagrant misuse of state assets at cost to the public, a number of out-of-court settlements made to cronies, and the use of Government funds in a manner not approved by Parliament, which has resulted in a situation in which the operational budget of the Ministry of Education has been exhausted 3 months before the end of the financial year, civil servants, police and teachers’ salaries and entitlements cannot be met, the national health service is severely underfunded and the State’s liabilities continue to grow at an unsustainable rate, which will compromise the ability of future Governments to provide services and development to the people of Vanuatu;

  1. As Prime Minister, the Hon. Sato Kilman Livtunvanu has demonstrated a lack of professional appointment of public office bearers by allowing the appointment of persons not based on merit but based on nepotism, and by interfering in the appointment of persons to important public posts, including public statutory bodies and companies, including the Public Service Commission, the Police Service Commission and Vanuatu Police Force, the Vanuatu National Provident Fund, the civil service and many others;
  1. By taking a unilateral decision to remove the ministerial portfolio of Youth Development, Training and Sports and replacing it with a ministry created to satisfy the personal desires of one Member of Parliament, when youth constitute the biggest single group within the population of the country and when the country’s commitment to hosting the 2017 Pacific Mini-Games will require a concerted effort with Ministerial capacity to effectively implement;
  1. As Prime Minister, the Hon. Sato Kilman Livtunvanu has brought disrepute upon the Republic and and lowered the credibility and sovereignty of Vanuatu within the international community through his conduct of foreign affairs; by the continuing sale of Vanuatu passports to foreign nationals, by the continuing nepotistic appointments of his cronies to diplomatic positions, and by continuing to build closer relations with Indonesia by unilaterally agreeing to Observer Status in the MSG for that country and by the signing of the Development Cooperation Agreement with that country against the wishes of the Parliament and the people of Vanuatu.
  1. And in doing so, the Hon. Sato Kilman Livtunvanu has displayed tendencies for his own interest above the nation’s national and international interests, and its sovereign integrity and credibility, and as such has not displayed the proper and required leadership qualities of a Prime Minister as expected by the people of Vanuatu.
  1. It is therefore decided by this motion that the function of the Hon. Sato Kilman Livtunvanu is terminated forthwith and the Parliament elects a new Prime Minister immediately.

Attendu que :

  1. Immédiatement après avoir été  élu Premier Ministre, M. KILMAN Sato Livtunvanu a procédé à la nomination de ses Ministres membres du Parlement qui furent les anciens  ministres de  son Gouvernement    précédant, dont  certains ont été condamnés  par les tribunaux et d’ autres dont  les dossiers sont en instance devant les tribunaux  et, en étant manifestement  incapable de discipliner ses ministres, en omettant de respecter son engagement dans la bonne gouvernance qui nécessite une telle discipline, continue à perpetuer et à discréditer le Gouvernement et la République de Vanuatu;
  1. Sous la direction de M. KILMAN Sato Livtunvanu dans le Gouvernement précédant, il n’ a pas réussi à gerer efficacement les affaires financières, en permettant une mauvaise utilisation flagrante des biens   de l’ Etat  sur  coût des fonds  publics, un certain nombre de règlements  à l’ amiable  faits à des copains d’ une manière non-approuvée par le Parlement , qui a abouti à une situation dans laquelle le budget du fonctionnement de l’ Education a été épuisé trois (3) mois avant  la fin de l’ exercice, le salaire des fonctionnaires, des policiers et leurs droits ne pouvant pas être payés, le service national de santé  étant  gravement sous-financé  et les passifs de l’ Etat continuant à croitre à un rythme insoutenable, ce qui risque de compromettre la capacité des gouvernements futurs à fournir des services et le développement  au  peuple de Vanuatu ;
  1. En tant que  Premier Ministre, M. KILMAN Sato Livtunvanu a fait preuve d’ un manque de rendez-vous professionnel  à l’ endroits des porteurs de charge publique en permettant la nomination des personnes non fondée  sur les mérites mais plutot sur le népotisme, et en intervenant dans la nomination des personnes à des postes publics importants, y compris les organisme publics et les entreprises légales, la Commission de la Fonction publique, la Commission de la Police et les Gardes Mobiles de Vanuatu, la Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance, le Service public et beaucoup d’ autres;
  1. En prenant une décision unilatérale  de retirer le portefeuille ministériel de la Jeunesse, de la Formation et des Sports, et de le remplacer par un ministère crée pour satisfaire  les désirs personnels d’un membre du Parlement, alors que  les jeunes constituent un grand groupe à part au sein de la population du pays et quant à  l’engagement  à accueillir les Mini-Jeux du Pacifique de 2017, il faudra un effort concerté ministériel dans la capacité à œuvrer efficacement;
  1. A titre de Premier Ministre, M. KILMAN Sato Livtunvanu a amené le discrédit au sein de la République  et réduit la crédibilité et la souveraineté du  Vanuatu au sein    de la communauté internationale par sa conduite des affaires étrangères, par la vente continue des passeports vanuatais aux ressortissants étrangers, par la nomination népotique continue de ses copains à des postes diplomatiques, en continuant à établir des relations plus étroites avec l’ Indonésie dans l’ acceptation unilatérale de son statut d’ observateur dans le MSG et par  la signature des accords  de coopération au développement contre la volonté du Parlement et du peuple de Vanuatu.
  1. Et, ce faisant, M. KILMAN Sato Livtunvanu a affiché des tendances pour son propre intérêt,  au-dessus des intérêts  nationaux  et  internationaux du pays,  de sa crédibilité et son  intégrité souveraines, et en tant que telle, n’a pas affiché des qualités de leadership appropriées et nécessaires d’un Premier Ministre escomptées  par le peuple du Vanuatu.
  1. Il est donc décidé par cette motion que la fonction de M. KILMAN Sato Livtunvanu est résiliée avec effet immédiat et que le Parlement élise  un nouveau Premier Ministre immédiatement.
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4 Comments on “Motion of no confidence tabled against PM Sato Kilman”

  1. Philip says:

    Who are the 28? I would like to congratulate them and any others that finally see sense. Vanuatu is at a critical time in its independence, do not blow it! Resist the temptation to adopt quick fix solutions that are only bait for adopting others peoples agendas.

  2. DM says:

    Either a few MPs who sided with Kilman less than 2 weeks ago have suddenly heard what the rest of us have known for a while now, or they have been offered a sweeter deal by the Opposition. Hmm, which is it?

  3. The Watcher says:

    Reblogged this on The Watcher and commented:
    Absolutely spot on. Personally, I hope the Motion is successful as I, like so many others, are fed up to the back teeth with these crooks.

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