Yesterday’s market vendor strike lasted just a day. Port Vila fresh produce markets are all open today. There sound to have been multiple misunderstandings, and the Vanuatu Daily Digest will await clarification by saying nothing more at this time.
The 52 members of the tenth legislature have received Vt 290 million between them as their gratuity for their term in office. The ex-politicians currently in prison for taking bribes also receive the termination severance fee. (Daily Post)
GJP MP for Tanna Andrew Napuat has publicly presented the accounts of his MP allocation to constituents, and like other GJP politicians he has invested heavily in school fees. In 2016, the MP spent Vt 1.3 million, contributing to the education of 36 students. His transparent financial reporting is said to be the Read the rest of this entry »
Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to all of our valued readers! Vanuatu Daily Digest will take a few days break and will resume after Family Day. Thank you for visiting us in 2016, we hope to see you next year. Meanwhile, in today’s news…
The revelations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) continue. Daily Post reveals today that a Fijian national was recruited to become VNPF General Manager early last year, without a valid work permit. This created rifts between VNPF staff. He had previously worked for Westpac Bank in Vanuatu and discussions concerning his subsequent employment were pushed by certain VNPF Board members before the post was actually advertised. The COI investigations have now drawn to a close after 26 interviews, and the Commission’s final report is soon to be released to government.
Two MPs of the Graon mo Jastis Party (GJP) were sacked from the party this week. They are Read the rest of this entry »
The story of the week last week – most certainly for the press – was the passing of the “historic” Right to Information (RTI) Bill – very much “a step in the right direction”. Government must tell us what it is doing. And by treating all information as open by default it underscores the government serving the people principle. There will be information officers in every ministry, department or agency who must supply the needs of the serious inquirer, even though the process will sometimes appear tedious. Many people have worked for a long time on the policy which went into the provision of the Act. The Media Association of Vanuatu was appreciative, even the Read the rest of this entry »
Daily Post today leads with Chief Inspector of Police Albert Nalpini filing an urgent application for a judicial review to stay the appointment of a new Commissioner of Police. The application seeks to Read the rest of this entry »
The weekend press was full of stories of violence. The Independent: Killer gets seven years in jail. Daily Post: Lengkon Assault: three drivers acquitted. Saturday’s Daily Post also had a Man charged over alleged attack on expat chef. Today’s Daily Post: Alleged Assault – an expat pilot claims he was assaulted by drunken police officers.
Today’s Daily Post has Chairperson of the Women Against Crime and Corruption Jenny Ligo saying the acquittal of the bus and taxi drivers confirms Vanuatu has many dishonest individuals. However, there was a lack of sufficient evidence to strengthen any case against the drivers. Ligo claims “women will continue to be denied their right to justice.”