Police to call Krammer in for questioning

The claim of an assassination plot by Madang MP, Brian Krammer, has resulted in Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, stating that the parliamentarian and former Task Force Sweep chairman, Sam Koim, would be called in for questioning.

According to the Post Courier (October 18), this is in relation to the 2017 murder of former Border Development Authority (BDA) chairman, Fred Konga, which is subject of an ongoing investigation.

Konga was killed in August 2017. He was allegedly followed and ambushed by 2 vehicles that blocked his way along the Poreporena Freeway in Waigani as he was heading to his home in Hohola.

Baki said the social media post by Krammer preempted some very sensitive information which was of interest to police.

Meanwhile, Koim has come out publicly to clarify that his private message between Krammer was to ensure the politician took precaution when moving around, and did not specify an details.

I did not tell Brian that he would be assassinated as I did not receive such. I t…

APEC minister responds to Maserati query

The minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, has responded to the claims made by the members of the Opposition regarding the purchase of 40 Masareti MY 19 Quattroporte from Italy to transport visiting leaders during the leaders’ summit next month.
According to the Post Courier (October 17), Tkatchenko alleges that all claims made by members of the Opposition are lies and ‘absolute rubbish’. He said the there was a certain level of luxury required for the global event, the vehicles will be bought by the private sector at cost and the Maseratis will be priced lower than a Toyota Land Cruiser VX. However, the minister has not addressed questions regarding the procurement process of these vehicles despite saying that it was authorized by the National Executive Council (NEC).

Member for Sinesine-Yongomugl Kerenga Kua on FM 100’s talk-back show queried why the procurement of the Maseratis went through a third party in Sri Lanka when there are dealers in the country like Ela Motor…

PNG MP claims plot to have him assassinated

A very vocal Member of Parliament in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is claiming there is a plot to assassinate him by foreign nationals with political connections living in the country.

Madang MP, Brian Krammer, posted on social media site Facebook that he was contacted 2 days ago by former Chairman of Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, alerting him of a possible plot to have him killed.

Although Krammer did not mention any specific details, he said he had credible information naming '2 Chinese nationals and 3 Western expatriates'. He added that they plan to kill him in the same manner in which Fred Konga was assassinated, and they would make it look like the Australians did it.

Krammer claims that a number people who are being engaged to kill him were also behind the murder of Konga in August 2017. He said Konga was killed to silence him over his alleged involvement in the hijack of K12 million in K100 bank notes which were destined for Germany to be destroyed. These notes we supposedly us…

Leadership watchdog freezes DSIP funds

Papua New Guinea leadership watchdog, the Ombudsman Commission (OC), has frozen all DSIP funds in an effort to prevent them being used during the election period.

According to the Post Courier, Chief Ombudsman Michael Dick and Commissioner Richard Pagen said the move is to take effect immediately in order to prevent bribery and inducements during the election period – and will be lifted after the formation of a new government.

Ombudsman Dick said there has been ongoing public concern regarding the release and disbursement of public fund during the period leading up to the elections.
It has been an ongoing public concern that the period up to and inclusive of the national election to the parliament, serious concerns arise regarding the release, disbursement, transfer and receipt of public money purporting to be in the form of electoral (services improvement program) and constitutional grants (district and provincial support grants) funds and various development funds under Provincial S…

Turnbull looks forward to PNG products in Australian market

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, during his recent visit to Port Moresby, has praised Papua New Guinea (PNG) chocolate brand Queen Emma and said he is looking forward to seeing it make an appearance in the Australian market, Post Courier (April 19) reports.

The chocolate is produced by Queen Emma Chocolate Company & Paradise Spices, and general manager Karina Makori said they were delighted by Turnbull’s positive comments.

Ms Makori said they are currently establishing and marketing themselves in the domestic market, but they are also exploring export opportunities.

…we are exploring opportunities to export into Australia and Europe as there has been interest from these areas.”  - Karina Makori, GM, Queen Emma Chocolate Company & Paradise Spices
She said they have sent out samples to several interested chocolate producers in other countries.

Queen Emma chocolates are made from locally sourced cocoa beans.

Lae Chamber of Commerce forecasts bright economic future

The Lae Chamber of Commerce (LCC) has forecasted optimistic economic conditions which will progressively improve this year, The National (April 19) reports.

According to LCC President Alan McLay, businesses in the nation’s second largest city were operating under difficult circumstances due to the lack of circulation of the Kina and shortage in foreign exchange. However, he forecasts that the economy would get back on track with the increase in commodity export prices.

We are quite optimistic. And there is a general feeling that commodity prices for the bulk of PNG exports will pick up toward the end of this year, which will bear well for the overall PNG economy. - Alan McLay - President, Lae Chamber of Commerce
McLay also said the chamber still believed Lae as the premium place to invest in the country for the appropriate businesses. He said investment continued to grow in spite of the tough economic times.
He said examples were the new tuna fishing and processing plant to be establi…

Manus deputy DA arrested and charged

Manus Province’s deputy District Administrator (DA), Mr Paso Pohei, has been arrested and charged with official corruption, The National (April 19) reports.

Mr Pohei, 55, was charged following investigations by the fraud squad. Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Inspector David Yapu said the suspect was investigated and arrested following allegations of misuse of K100, 000 allocated by the National Government to support fisheries activities in the island province.

Inspector Yapu said other officers implicated in the misuse of public funds would also be arrested and charged accordingly.

Mr Pohei was released on K1000 bail and will appear before the Lorengau District Court for mention today.