MADANG – The governor of Madang Province, Peter Yama, and two of his wives have been arrested in relation to K6 million missing from the Manam Resettlement Authority.
The fund was established to resettle displaced people evacuated from the volcanic Manam island and living in care centres.
The Yama family has experienced 18 arrests in relation to this matter and has had numerous charges laid against members including money laundering, conspiracy, false pretence and, in Yama’s case, abuse of office.
Yama’s second wife, Mary Simoi Yama, has been charged with conspiracy, stealing and money laundering.
His third wife, Velda Yama, and Mr Yama gave themselves up to police at the Jomba Police Station on Thursday.
As they walked to the police station, they were accompanied by a huge crowd of sympathisers.
Yama faced five charges including abuse of office, breach of the Public Finances Management Act, conspiracy to defraud, misappropriation and money laundering.
Velda Yama was charged with conspiracy, false pretence and money laundering.
All three were released on police bail of K3,000 each and appeared for mention at the Madang District Court yesterday.
Sources: NBC News (Anisha Issimel) and PNG Haus Bung