The Scandal involving Powes Parkop and the engagement of his mistress revealed in the infamous video is very wrong at all levels. It is for this reason that I have been vocal about it on facebook. But unlike other issues I have been vocal about, I have some very interesting documents relating to financial management at the City Hall. So I intend to pursue this further through both the Ombudsman Commission and the Police Fraud Squad.
The justifications offered by Powes Parkop and his Officer Manu Bobola actually reveal that they had not thought through the whole thing. The response actually demonstrates that the whole thing was designed deliberately from the outset to circumvent proper and expected process. In considering this matter, you must ask yourself, “What is the proper thing to do?”
The law, when it is written, has intent. The obvious intent is that it is the right thing to do. But it is also enacted so that it serves the benefit of the majority. That is where the balance of probability comes in and it is that intent that underpins the primary purpose of Governments and the core objective of a municipal authority.
NCDC is a Government institution created for public service, specifically for inhabitants of Port Moresby. This being the case, NCDC is an embodiment of the law itself. That fact alone makes this transaction unethical and illegal. Can something be unethical but still legal? The frank answer is yes. And we have seen many such situations played out in 0ur Courts. However, this is not one such case so try as they may, Powes Parkop, Fazilah Bazari, Manu Bobola and even the NCDC Board cannot offer any possible explanation that will absolve them of any wrong doing.
Why is this particular transaction unethical? It is unethical because the transaction is borne out of a personal relationship. The law anticipated this and, as I stated in an earlier post, enacted a piece of legislation that forbade such transactions. The piece of transaction I refer to is, I believe, found in the leadership code. So this transaction is unethical and therefore illegal. Mrs Jean Parkop has been affected by this whole saga but elects not to say anything so I urge you Powes and Fazilah to show some decency in your efforts to deny any relationship exists between the two of you.
The Yumi Lukautim Mosbi program is a specific program aimed at keeping Port Moresby clean and safe for its residents and visitors. It is a sanctioned program and within the NCDC core responsibility. Activities under this program are carried out so that Port Moresby City residents’ lives are enhanced without them having to participate to experience a better life.
The Yoga walk for life program on the other hand was specifically created to facilitate the engagement of Fazilah. The difference between these programs is that Fazilah still gets paid regardless of whether people attend or not whereas the Yumi Lukautim Mosbi basically seeks to improve the locality. So you have to ask, how do the many city residents who do not participate in the Yoga Walk for Life benefit? Walking is not an activity that must be carried out at a specific time to gain a higher level of satisfaction. It can be done at any time at anyone’s leisure. Just like Yoga. So why pay someone an exorbitant amount of money for activities that can be done at everyone’s own leisure? Now that is the real K250,000/month or K3 million/year question.
If the yoga thing is part of a program run by the City Hall, every person engaged under the program ought to be an employee. That means all the costs are taken up by the City Hall to deliver the program. Consultants can only be engaged on short term basis and for purposes of training, advice and services that are one off. Foreigners can be engaged too but not as businesses unless appropriately certified. The proper thing to do in this instance would have been for a video to be done of the Yoga moves and played on the NCDC program on EMTV so City residents can engage in it at their own leisure and convenience. That would have cost a one off payment of K250,000 or may be less and would have been the prudent thing to do. Not K3 million/year. That right there is not prudent management as required by the Public Finance Management Act and is therefore illegal. The simple truth is this whole thing was deviously and devilishly orchestrated to misappropriate public monies.
When you are managing public funds, it is imperative that you make decisions that serve interest of the majority. That is the reason why public service organizations focus on public service activities. If you talk about health, you have to look at adequately equipping public health centers, not create privately owned and managed programs at the expense of the public. Makes one wonder why Gerehu Health Center has recently received some very important equipment donated by Malaysian Association and not NCDC who is diverting funds to personal programs.
A young promising Papua New Guinean died very recently – Kato Otio. I understand he was first taken to Gerehu Health Center but it lacked the equipment required to attend to him so he had to be transferred to another facility. If Gerehu Health Center has these life-saving facilities, could Kato have been saved? May be not but he should have been given that chance. And that risk still exists for every other city resident. Should that K3 million go to a program that can be delivered for a one off payment of K250,000 (may be less) or to equipping city health centers with life-saving equipment? Powes Parkop, this is a question I pose to you.
I did get in touch with you Powes because a friend asked me to. I knew the circumstances and I agreed with your stance then. Perhaps there is more here to be uncovered. Perhaps you should have surrounded yourself with people who wanted to do the right thing… perhaps this is all your own doing…whatever the case, I am putting you Powes Parkop, Fazilah Bazari and the NCDC Board on notice. I will structure this post into a letter and serve to the Police Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission, along with some documents that have found their way to my fold.