PNG opposition promises to act on fraud probes

11:12 am on 3 March 2017

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says he will implement recommendations of major inquiries into fraud if he wins office in this year's election.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader Don Polye.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader Don Polye. Photo: Supplied

Don Polye said implementing the recommendations of a Commission of Inquiry into the Finance Department will be his government's first order of business.

The inquiry was established in 2006 and was completed in 2009.

According to Mr Polye, some people centrally implicated in the inquiry are in leading positions of both the government and public service.

That is why he said recommendations about dealing with the alleged trail of large scale fraud unearthed in the inquiry have been overlooked.

The opposition leader said that if the alternative government comes into office, it would enable prosecution of people implicated in fraud.

Mr Polye said his administration would follow up on recommendations of other commissions of inquiry.

This includes the government probe into the fraudulent Special Agriculture Business Lease system, whose recommendations the government of Peter O'Neill has been accused of failing to follow.

"However, the first things must be done first. We must get the house in order," said Mr Polye, explaining that implementation of the recommendations, must run parallel with strengthening the systems.

"We must aggressively resurrect the Task Force Sweep, the Police Force, Judiciary system, Independent Commission Against Corruption, Ombudsman Commission, Public Prosecutor's office, the Auditor General's office and the public service as a whole."

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