Deputy PM Natuman to face court June 7; world leader of SDA church visits Vanuatu

Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist world church in Ekipe village today. Photo: Ps Ted Wilson via Facebook

Pastor Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist world church in Ekipe village, Efate, today. Photo: Ps Ted Wilson via Facebook

The often mentioned but rarely explained court action involving the Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman and former Acting Police Commissioner Aru Maralau is clarified in today’s Daily Post. Various legal questions remain to be resolved, including that of criminality in the action undertaken. Natuman, whilst PM (responsible for policing at the time), had instructed Maralau to suspend investigations on a police mutiny case. The matter now goes before the Supreme Court on 7 June.

The world head of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, President Wilson, is presently in Vanuatu and this morning was heard and seen preaching on Television Blong Vanuatu. His visit is in relation to the significant work and finance needed to restore SDA churches and schools following damage from TC Pam. The church contributed significantly to restoration work after the cyclone. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Vanuatu Christian Council has asked churches to dedicate this weekend’s services to the struggle of the people of West Papua for their independence. This follows the formation of the united Free West Papua Movement. Further on the West Papua issue, a petition is being prepared this weekend concerning the country’s independence. (Radio Vanuatu)

World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday will be marked with a full programme of events starting with a march through town to launch the activities which will take place at the market area. The main focus will be on the legislation designed to ensure freedom of information in Vanuatu. Media Association President Evelyne Toa says the Bill to go before Parliament will soon be scheduled in the Vanuatu Parliament. (Vanuatu Times)