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Minister Tomscoll accused of ignoring corruption allegations

Tommy Tomscoll (PNG Loop)PNG TODAY

PAPUA New Guinea’s opposition leader Don Polye has accused Agriculture and Livestock Minister Tommy Tomscoll of turning ‘deaf ears’ into allegations of corrupt practice within an agency which reports directly to him.

Mr Polye said allegations against the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority’s managing director Joel Alu had thrown the agency into disarray.

He said Mr Alu had cast fear into several employees within the agency with his crusade on sacking those who have reported his alleged corruption to police and the Ombudsman Commission.

He urged the Mr Alu to clear his name in the courts and refrain from intimidating his employees.

“Why has the minister gone into hiding while someone who has been arrested on counts of corruption is doing all this nonsense?” Mr Polye asked.

“NAQIA plays an important role in protecting the country’s flora and fauna and the actions of one person just cannot stall its operation.”

Mr Polye reiterated his condemnation of the sacking and bashing of a driver who had exposed alleged corruption within NAQIA

The opposition leader also blasted prime minister Peter O’Neill and his government for the delay in enacting the whistleblowers protection law.


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