Vanuatu daily news digest | 11 September 2014

Running late … today is two days in one …

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma pointed out to Prime Minister Natuman in Apia (at the UN Small Island Developing States forum) that for Vanuatu to host CHOGM in 2017 there are likely to be some 50 heads of government or state present in this country. A task force is being appointed, the PM told Radio Vanuatu News. PM Natuman was also reported by Daily Post to have commended the Vanuatu delegation to the UN SIDS Forum for "acknowledging the many challenges relating to financing sustainable development initiatives." Vanuatu is said to be on a path towards accreditation as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) as regards climate change finance.

Daily Post broke the news this morning (taken up by VBTC at noon) that former prime ministerial political appointee Gilles Daniel has had his citizenship revoked. The Citizenship Commission said Daniel’s citizenship was granted in a fraudulent manner. When there is one there are likely to be others.

Post also found extensive forgery and misappropriation in the Vanuatu National Training Council (VNTC). A middle-aged woman is in court entering pleas in relation to an amazing 169 charges before the Chief Justice. The charges relate to some 7 million vatu mis-used. Could this be why in our last bulletin (Tuesday) we reported that the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) will replace the VNTC? The VNTC bankrupt?? Is this why there was such difficulty finding the total required for scholarships for this year???

Government announced yesterday in Daily Post that the Council of Ministers (CoM) has endorsed the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the loss of four lives with the landing craft MGY disaster off Lelepa.

Post also said 23 applications had been received for the Head of State position to be decided next Wednesday. And that paper pointed out that three political advisers in the Health Ministry were terminated for their action in representing an Opposition MP in the discussions for the motion of no confidence against the present government.