Vanuatu daily news Digest | 3 February 2015

Daily Post today headlines with a current senior government minister being a witness in the Public Prosecutor v Former Police Commissioner Bong & Others case intended to be heard on 13 February – the Police Conspiracy Case. A senior State House aide and a former Police Commissioner along with a former Chairman of the Police Service Commission are also witnesses. Names are being withheld. However, Daily Post’s police contacts say the Prime MInister "has written to the Police to cease investigations" but the sources want the matter heard in a court of law to demonstrate that "no one is above the law."

Public Service Commissioner Kanam Wilson is determined to strengthen the PSC and is this week especially requiring the cooperation of Directors and DGs in the introduction of a Performance Management System (PMS). Wilson reminded hearers at the first session of a workshop for senior civil servants a PMS was a principal victim of the Comprehensive Reform Programme 18 years ago. Individual public servants’ performance in various categories will be assessed, Post reports. There will also be awards for achievement. The Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration and USP Laucala are assisting with advisers.

Shepherds MP John Amos is bringing in a new vessel to assist with Tongoa / Shepherds transportation needs, reports Post today, showing a photograph of the Urata Riki, purchased in New Caledonia.

Radio Vanuatu News at lunchtime carried allegations of government interference in the affairs of NISCOL, the Santo-baased stevedoring company, denied by the Government.

Noon news on VBTC also carried ill-informed comment following last week’s public meeting concerning Freshwater and the Vanuatu National Housing Corporation. This meeting was addressed by Lands Minister Regenvanu.