Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 23 July 2015

Radio Vanuatu did carry the news of the postponement of the bribery case this morning and also had news of the 26 kilometre extension of the Unelco service from Lakatoro to Vao on north Malekula. A ceremony took place at Walarano mission and was attended by Prime Minister Kilman, Energy Minister Thomas Laken, Lands Minister Telukluk, Public Works Minister Tony Nari and civil servants.

Daily Post leads today with news of theft from certain ANZ Bank clients’ accounts using the ATM at Seaside Tropical. Highly sophisticated ‘skimming’ equipment was used by the thief to establish account holders’ password details and view their account status.

Post follows with a report of the embezzlement of VT6.4m from the Vanuatu National Training Council by the former accountant, a case which has been before the Court of Appeal.

Along with changing everyone at the Vanuatu National Cultural Council, the Government has now changed the Chairman of the Public Service Commission. John Morrison Willie replaces Kanam Wilson.

Post also mentions Government has also appointed a new Police Commissioner: Vake Rakau.

Seawall reconstruction for Port Vila also receives detailed Post coverage following the signing of an agreement by DPM Carcasses with the United Nations Office for for Project Services (UNOPS). Many foreign agencies have agreed to work with government on such works, as part of the Port Vila Beautification project, but this is the first time we have heard of UNOPS’ partnership.