27 Nov 2002

PNG MP questions NZ role in ombudman commission

7:41 am on 27 November 2002

A Papua New Guinea MP has called for the ombudsman commission to be abolished over the presence of a New Zealand diplomat's wife on it.

Peter Yama, who was a minister in the 1990's, raised questions in parliament about a foreign diplomat's wife casting allegations that financial statements of leaders are now in public in diplomatic circles.

But the chief ombudsman, Ila Geno, has defended the appointment of the New Zealand high commissioner's wife, saying his office has a multi-national staff.

Mr Geno says all officers of the ombudsman commission work under oaths of secrecy and maintain confidentiality.

Mr Yama is awaiting referral to a leadership tribunal on misconduct in office charges.