31 Jan 2008

Acting director of PNG's National AIDS Council suspended

11:11 am on 31 January 2008

The acting director of Papua New Guinea's National AIDS Council or NAC has been suspended due to allegations of financial and administrative malpractice.

Romanus Pakure and six senior management staff have been stood down pending an investigation into a series of allegations.

PNG's Health and HIV/AIDS Minister, Sasa Zibe, told PNG's Post Courier newspaper he had ordered the investigation and an NAC overhaul.

The malpractice allegations include spending of over 360 thousand US on stationery that never arrived.

Among other claims, NAC management allegedly used work computers to view pornography, spent over 20,000 US dollars on a Singapore trip, and paid a popular sporting personality thousands of dollars without approval.

The NAC is sponsored in part by the Australian Agency International Development or AusAID.