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Clarify Political Party of MP’s for Accountability

The public needs to be informed on the political party affiliation status of Members of Parliament (MP) says Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG). In a media statement TIPNG called on the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties to publish in the media a list of all MPs in Parliament and the current political party with which they are registered.

“Leading up to the election of Prime Minister James Marape by Parliament, and the more recent movement of MPs across the floor of Parliament, there is a distinct lack of clarity on membership of political parties by MPs. This weakens the ability of citizens nationally and within electorates to hold their Members of Parliament accountable on their campaign platforms and policies. This lack of political accountability is further worsened when the distinction between Government and Opposition is blurred, with members of the same political party seating in both camps,” said the Chairman of TIPNG, Mr Peter Aitsi.

To aid the public in using political parties to hold leaders in the current Parliament accountable, the office of the Registrar of Political Parties must make public the following information:

  • What party does each MP belong to?
  • How many MP’s does each party currently have?
  • Who is the Parliamentary leader of each party with an MP?
  • Have all MP’s that have resigned from a Party in the last 3 months followed the legislated process for resigning from a Party?
  • Have all Parties with an MP submitted their financial reports for 2019?

In a statement earlier this year calling for the Marape-Steven government to strengthen governance through legislation, TIPNG said that amendments must be made to ensure that the Organic Law on Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) is both constitutional and effective.

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TIPNG reaches Lae with legal aid clinic

Thursday 29 August 2019, Port Moresby – The Advocacy & Legal Advice Center (ALAC) is a program of Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) that offers free legal services for victims and witnesses of corruption.

(Left- Right) Advocacy & Legal Advice Program Coordinator, Mr Samson Kandata, Morobe Provincial Police Commander, Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr and TIPNG Executive Director, Ms Arianne Kassman after meeting on how both organizations can work together to address corruption.

Recently TIPNG was in Lae Morobe Province to run a legal aid outreach to provide the opportunity for people in the province to report instances of corruption that they may have encountered.

“TIPNG collected a substantial number of complaints from the general public in Morobe Province and a lot of these complaints were related to lack of transparency in public administration at the provincial level ,” said Mr Samson Kandata, ALAC Coordinator.

TIPNG receives complaints and creates advocacy on the types of corruption complaints received or sectors that are reportedly practicing corruption. TIPNG also works with state agencies and other organizations to strengthen their anti-corruption mechanisms.

Current statistics from ALAC show that a lot of people approached TIPNG to report corruption within general public administration and services, police, the education sector, land/property and natural resources. Further to this, the corrupt practice that most complainants reported to ALAC were lack of transparency and mismanagement of public funds.

“From the complaints we rec eive at ALAC, we have made a strong call for the Government to enact an Access to Information Law.  We also urge state agencies to ensure they have a corporate anti-corruption plan in line with the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2010-2030,” said Mr Kandata.

In Lae, TIPNG also held stakeholders meetings with the Ombudsman Commission Momase Regional Office, the Lae Police, Morobe Provincial Lands Department, Internal Revenue Commission Lae Office and Lae Chamber of Commerce & Industries.

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Civics. Teach it. Learn it. Live it.

Port Moresby, 29 August 2019 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) was in Lae recently  to workshop its School Based Civic Education curriculum to teachers in the province.

Civic education refers to teaching people how to be good citizens.  TIPNG’s School Based Civic Education project aims to create a generation of responsible citizens that work to ensure good governance at all levels of society.

(Left -Right) Posing with civic education materials – TIPNG Executive Director, Ms Arianne Kassman, Acting Morobe Provincial Education Adviser, Mr Bray Kalo, TIPNG School Based Civic Education Coordinator, Ms Marlene Delis, Morobe Provincial TVET Coordinator and TIPNG Corruption Complaints Desk Coordinator, Mr Samson Kandata.

In a survey conducted in 2009, TIPNG found out that schools ac

ross Papua New Guinea did not have adequate materials to teach concepts of human rights, democracy, how the government system works and the roles and responsibility of citizens. Without the proper materials, teachers lack the confidence to teach civic education.

“From the findings of the survey, we set out to develop civic education materials for Papua New Guinean schools. We have done this in close consultation with the National Department of Education. So the workshop in Lae was aimed at increasing teachers’ accessibility to our civic education materials and increases their knowledge on civic concepts. We also met with the Morobe Provincial Education Division and they are also keen on having these materials,” said TIPNG’s Civic Education Coordinator, Ms Marlene Delis.

TIPNG has produced the following Civic Education materials for schools in Papua New Guinea. These materials are targeted for primary and secondary schools, teacher colleges, police training school centers and vocational schools:

  • Teacher Resource Book – containing teaching and learning concepts about democracy, human rights, and how the government works;
  • Book of Background Readings for Teachers – an information book for teachers;
  • Student Readers – containing short stories explaining key civics concepts;
  • Big Books – large picture story books for teachers to read to primary school students;
  • Posters – large teaching posters on civic concepts such as conflict of interest, citizens’ rights;
  • Android Phone Applications – users to engage in a game of ethical rationing and knowledge of PNG;
  • Teacher Training – workshops for teachers on how to use the materials;
  • DVD – containing videos and sample lessons on civic education concepts.

A teacher from Haikoast Community School in Morobe Province that participated in TIPNG’s workshop expressed appreciation for the materials stating that civic education in Papua New Guinea could be a national topic for schools in-service for all teachers.

TIPNG has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education that forms the basis of collaboration and innovation of the delivery of civic education materials and training for schools and associated institutions in Papua New Guinea.

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Our 2nd quarter newsletter is out now!

Our 2nd quarter newsletter is out now! It covers most of the work we’ve done in the last three months in the youth space and others including the recent Walk Against Corruption held in Port Moresby and Lae.

We thank all the business houses, organizations, schools and families that participated in the 2019 Walk Against Corruption and the  individuals that volunteered on the day of the event.   Your support helped us raise K181,790.00 to continue the work we do to inform and empower people in Papua New Guinea to act against corruption.

Read more about what we are doing and contact us if you need more information.

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Make available NID spending Audit report

The NID Project involves vast amounts of public money with almost no accountability says Transparency International PNG as it calls for release of Independent Audit Committee Report.

Port Moresby, 11th February 2019 – It is irresponsible for the state to continue to spend public money on the National Identity (NID) project without completing a full Independent Audit Report, says Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG).

The anti-corruption NGO said this in response to media reports that National Planning Minister, Richard Maru, was disappointed that the K230 million NID registration system was not working. TIPNG shares the Minister’s concern and has been calling for explanations of the loss or possible misuse of at least K24m and efforts to hold those responsible accountable.

TIPNG is calling for suspension of funding to the NID until the findings of the Audit Committee on NID spending, established in 2018 and headed by the Chief Secretary, are released for the public, authorities and MP’s to examine. With the known inefficiencies and also the allegations of gross mismanagement and corruption in NID implementation it would be unwise for a responsible government to sign off on further money being allocated to NID.

Since January 2018 TIPNG has been insisting that the Government audit the NID Project. The Deputy Prime Minister and former National Planning Minister, Charles Abel, responded with a promise that an independent Audit Committee would review NID expenditure. In late September 2018 a team headed by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari was appointed to investigate the K24m that allegedly went missing under the watch of the suspended Chief National Statistician Roko Koloma.

The recent release of the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Papua New Guinea 138 out of 180 countries with a score of 28 out of 100. The CPI scores countries on their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 being perceived to be “very clean” and zero perceived to be “highly corrupt”.  If the government is serious about combating corruption then it must start by ensuring proper accountability in large public expenditure programs such as the NID Project.

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Silencing of Journalist is the Latest Attack on Constitutional Rights

Minister for Communication must advise public what Government will do to rectify violation of journalistic integrity

Port Moresby, 26th November 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) believes firmly that the democratic freedoms that allow journalists and citizens to question those in power must not be curtailed. TIPNG unequivocally supports the call by the Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG) for the reinstatement of EMTV Journalist Scott Waide. TIPNG said this in a recent media statement after allegations that Mr. Waide was suspended by his employer because of his reports on Government failings.

MCPNG said Mr. Waide, EMTV’s Lae Bureau Chief, was suspended for airing a story considered by the Media Niugini Ltd (MNL) Board, the Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd (KTHL) Board and the Kumul Consolidated Holdings Ltd (KCHL) Board, to be ‘negative’. EMTV which is a free-to-air TV station operates as MNL, and was acquired by Telikom, which is now KTHL and is part of the government’s portfolio of state-owned assets under KCHL.

“Mr. Waide’s silencing by the state apparatus is unfortunately the culmination of a series of attacks on Papua New Guineans’ constitutional freedoms, particularly Section 46 which provides Freedom of Expression. If Mr. Waide has not violated his employment conditions, the MNL Board may be in breach of his Section 46 Right as a citizen and a journalist by suspending him for his reporting. The Minister for Communication must be clear and advise the general public and the international community on what the Government will do to rectify this violation of journalistic integrity” said Chairman of TIPNG Lawrence Stephens.

“Media outlets and journalists are guaranteed under the Constitution to publish without fear or favour. In the past year, Papua New Guinea has had indications of the curtailing of freedoms with the passing of the Cybercrime Act. That legislation was used to charge a blogger for calling the Electoral Commissioner a ‘tomato’- luckily the courts threw the case out,” added Stephens.

In 2018 the State threatened to shut-down social-media platforms, which led to derision in the lead up to an APEC 2018 agenda which pushed inclusivity and the ‘digital future’. Earlier this month local media personnel were reportedly barred by a foreign government, with mute acquiescence by our own government, from reporting on a state visit to the National Parliament. The penultimate insult came from rampaging police and correctional officers last week, who assaulted journalists with impunity.

TIPNG backs the MCPNG and urges all Papua New Guineans to demonstrate their support of Mr. Waide and our media organisations.

Papua New Guinea must not tolerate bullies with thin skins lashing out when their wrongs are pointed out by the media for the public good. Mr. Waide’s suspension and the other instances of media repression should cause all citizens to reflect fundamentally on the kind of democracy we want in Papua New Guinea.

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Coordinator for Corruption Complaints Desk & Part time Legal Consultant

TIPNG is calling for suitable candidates to fill in the position of a Coordinator and a part-time Legal Consultant.

The Advocacy & Legal Advice Center (ALAC) is a community service that TIPNG provides to the general public. The two essential services offered by the ALAC are:

  • Free legal assistance;
  • Free applicable information to complainants to assist them with their case.

COORDINATOR – CORRUPTION COMPLAINTS DESK

TIPNG is looking for a vibrant and energetic individual to coordinate the operations of its corruption complaints desk – the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre.

The person we are looking for must:

  • Have a demonstrated understanding of the Papua New Guinean Law & Justice sector
  • Have a tertiary-level qualification in Political Science, Public Policy Management, Communications or similar preferred
  • Have at least 3 years of successful project management and financial skills in either private or NGO sector
  • Have excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  • Be an upbeat team player with multitasking ability
  • Experience in dealing with concerns of individuals/ groups in meeting and/ or consultation situations.

Responsibilities

The duties of the Coordinator include:

  1. Manage all aspects of the ALAC program
  2. Manage communications and relationships with key national & international partners and stakeholders to develop strategic links, enhance ALAC advocacy and funding opportunities, foster support for the ALAC and promote the TIPNG’s approach to combating corruption in all sectors.

PART-TIME LEGAL CONSULTANT

TIPNG requires a practicing lawyer to work as a Legal Consultant with its corruption complaints desk – the Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre.

Scope of Work

 The contractor shall:

  • Provide  legal advice and assistance to ALAC clients
  • Be available twice a month to carry out duties
  • Provide monthly briefs to TIPNG

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  

Post or email applications to:

 

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

 

Applications can be delivered to the TIPNG office at Lokua Avenue, Boroko, Sec 54, Lot 31.

 

Applications close on 19 October 2018 at 4:00pm

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TIPNG runs civic education teacher workshops

Port Moresby, 5 September 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) conducted an information session for teachers at Hagara Primary School in Hanuabada, Port Moresby last week.

The session covered the work of TIPNG and was aimed at introducing the teachers to civic education curriculum materials that TIPNG developed.  The teacher training will be held in September 2018.

TIPNG has developed a school based civic education curriculum aimed at assisting teachers and students to identify the functions and processes of civil society and state institutions , apply skills of active citizenship and interact with state institutions to demand better governance. TIPNG’s  civic education curriculum consist of  teacher resource books, background reading for teachers, student readers, DVDs, an android phone application, posters and teacher trainings. All the materials contain elements and concepts of good governance, accountability, transparency and integrity.

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vic education teacher training workshops have helped teachers to realize the suitability of these materials when used alongside other materials they already have. Through our School Based Civic Education curriculum we want school children to learn their rights and resp

onsibilities as citizens at an early age. We want to contribute to instilling a higher level of integrity in students before they step into the real world,” said TIPNG Executive Director, Ms Arianne Kassman.

TIPNG signed a Memorandum of Understanding  with the National Department of Education (NDoE) signed in 2015 forming a partnership to bring civic education to schools throughout Papua New Guinea.

TIPNG Executive Director Arianne Kassman speaks to teachers of Hagara Primary School during the information session.

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Democracy camp aims to empower young people

Port Moresby, 5 September 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is set to host its 11th Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp from the 13th  – 23rd of September 2018.

Sixty young people from schools, churches and communities nationwide will be attending the camp at Bomana, Port Moresby.

The annual Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp was incepted in 2007. The event takes participants through simulations, presentations and hands-on activities on how to conduct fair elections, draft, debate and pass laws and learn more about the role of the media and other principles of democracy.

TIPNG Youth Integrity Program (YIP) Coordinator Elizabeth Aribi said that it is TIPNG’s goal to raise a generation of well-informed young Papua New Guineans through the Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp.

“The theme for this year’s camp is  ‘I am empowered and ready to take action’. We hope to inform, educate, inspire and empower the young participants to realize their roles and responsibilities in creating a better country,” said Ms Aribi.

TIPNG is grateful for the support from Exxon Mobil PNG Ltd and the US Embassy of Port Moresby. .

The camp is named after the late Michael (Mike) Manning, OBE (1943-2008), a former chairman of TI PNG who was an Anti-Corruption activist and Economist.

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TIPNG Newsletter April – June 2018

Its been yet another busy but exciting quarter of the year.

We welcome our new Board of Directors and sincerely thank all the families, organizations, schools and individuals that took part in the Walk Against Corruption that was held in Port Moresby, Goroka and Lae.

We continue to focus on our mission to inform, educate and empower all Papua New Guineans to take action against corruption through the various programs that we run.

We thank you for your commitment to our cause and please get in touch with us if you need information about our projects.

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