By Bryan Kramer
Last Thursday National Court, Justice Cannings upheld Belden Namah's judicial review application challenging the Leadership Tribunal decision on 9 April 2018 finding him guilty of misconduct and recommending his dismissal from office.
Namah argued that the tribunal ought to have given him the right to respond to the penalty before handing down its decision. In this case the penalty recommending his dismissal from office.
The practice has been the Court or Tribunal will first determine if a person is guilty of an offence before making a decision on the penalty.
After hearing the evidence and making ruling on guilt it will then stage a further hearing to determine the appropriate penalty. This is to afford the parties including the accused the opportunity to explain to the court what they believe the penalty ought to be, given the circumstances of the case.
By Hon Bryan Kramer
This is Part 2 of a two part series of articles providing an insight into the up coming by-election for Goroka Open Seat.
In Part 1, I provided an insight into the results of past elections as well as who I thought were the main contenders.
To read Part 1 click on the link below:
In Part 2, I will provide an indepth insight to each of the contenders chances of winning the by-election.
On 7 February 2019, National Court ordered a by-election for Goroka Open Seat declaring the then sitting Member, Henry Ame's election null and void. The decision was based on the errors and omissions committed by the electoral officials during the 2017 National Election and the Court ordered re-count.
In August 2017, Henry Ame was declared the winner of 2017 General Election for Goroka Open Seat polling 24,192 of which 10,585 were primary votes (1's) and 13,607 preference (2's & 3's) votes.
In part 2 we will discuss each of these candidates chances of beating Bire Kimisopa for the seat.
By Bryan Kramer
What makes social media so powerful is its ability to keep people informed.
Yesterday I posted an article titled "Will O’Neill Return as Prime Minister?”. The purpose of the article was to inform the readers of the political landscape over the next 2.5 years before the next general elections and to clear any doubt about whether or not O’Neill will return as Prime Minister and Marape serving out his term as Prime Minister till the 2022 General Elections.
Following my last article entitled “Will O’Neill Return as Prime Minister?” I noted numerous comments more focused on the question when he will be arrested.
As an issue of immense public interest, understandably, it’s a fair question to ask.
First of all it's important to note - whether someone gets arrested or not is a matter for Police.
So the appropriate authority to answer the question when O'Neill will be arrested in relation to the many corruption allegations leveled against him, again is the Police Force.
By Hon. Bryan Kramer
Today in the midst of a busy schedule, I took time out to drive to Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport to see off 5 youths, who flew in from my electorate on their way to Brisbane, Australia, to pick vegetables on a farm for 12 months.
Their names are:
1) Samuel K. SAMUEL
2) Itam B. JULIUS
3) Zebedee LUWI
4) Sylvester LEPI
5) Noel U. NINIBIL
By Hon. Bryan Kramer
The recent payment of K4.2m to Sirinumu Development Company for the purported benefit of Koiari Landowners is unlawful and now subject of Police investigations.
Last Friday night at around 12 am a group of people from the upper Koiari area where the PNG Power Rauna Station is located forcefully took over the Station shutting it down and taking possession of the keys.
This morning I was contacted by members of the media to comment on a copy of a letter leaked on social media that is purportedly authored by the Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika. The letter was addressed to Acting Commissioner for Police, David Manning, lodging a formal complaint against me on allegations of spreading a false or misleading report.
The contents of the letter state the complaint is in relation to an article posted on Facebook referring to the Chief Justice role in referring a matter to the National Court Judge, Justice Mirivi, who had carriage of former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill's judicial review proceedings.
Today I was briefed that the Principal of NiuAge Lawyers, Geroge Lau, who was the former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s Lawyer, formally arrested and charged by officers with the National Fraud & Anti-corruption for offences of forgery and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The charges relate to allegations that Mr. Lau colluded with a senior officer working with the District Court registry to forge a defective warrant of arrest as well as information which O’Neill relied on to obtain the stay order on the warrant of arrest from the National Court. Both the officer and Mr. Lau were arrested and charged for the same offences.
By Anthony Wagambie - Acting Assistant Commissioner NCD & Central.
There has been a lot of mud slinging at Police in recent times.
I want to remind all members of the Constabulary that we are members of a Royal institution. We have sworn an oath to protect and preserve justice for our people.
We are here to serve and not be served.
We come from a proud and colorful history. Our forefathers, the original jumper and zulu brought services into the most rural places of this country. They stood side by side and fought off enemies in World War 2. Our Police Force has ensured the freedom and gradual development of our country to where it is today.