Posted By Staff Reporter : www.pngfacts.com
The Papua New Guinea National Government is embarking on a massive clean-up exercise or reform, starting at Waigani, with the Public Servants whose salary levels do not match the huge number of houses and vehicles they own.
Public Service Minister Joe Sungi, said this exercise will be done using an online system endorsed by Prime Minister James Marape which will be put in place, for checks and balances purposes.
Mr. Sungi said, Public servants are not businessmen and women, rather they are servants of the people - adding that if they want to make business, they must leave the public service.
''How did small civil servants owning huge properties, why are civil servants owning hire-care companies, where do they get that money from?
Sungi's questions and concerns were reiterated by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Marape said, with the assistance of Justice Minister Bryan Kramer, his Government will ensure the full implementation of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, refining of the Whistleblowers Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act.
''So that if you're earning this salary level and suddenly you own more than 5 houses in the city or overseas, and more than one vehicle, we will ask you how did you manage to own those houses, show us your income means, these are things that we need to refine for the better,'' said Marape.
Both leaders are concern that senior public servants often collude with foreigners and engage in illegal deals to solicit such funds for their personal gains, and such practice within public service must stop.
The leaders were speaking at the Public Service dedication service in Port Moresby earlier this week.
NBC News / PNGfacts
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