Leading by Example – A Rarity in Vanuatu Politics

Posted: 20/07/2014 in Box of Chocolates, Vanuatu
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Transparency and Accountability in Vanuatu politics have been rare commodities over these past twenty plus years. At last, however, there is an emerging force of integrity within the normal sphere of rorts, self-serving thievery and lack of integrity so often associated with our political “leaders” and their dealings with and handling of public monies entrusted to them.

I am, of course, referring to the GJP’s Hon. MP Gillion William and in particular, the public release of his allocation report on his MP spending allowance for the period November 2012 to December 2013.

MP Gillion William_Efate Rural

MP Gillion William_Efate Rural

It is well-known that one of the conditions of being a Member of the Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) is the requirement for all MP’s to make an annual report on their spending which, is in keeping with the Leadership Code.

This Policy is the very essence of T.R.A.N.S.P.A.R.E.N.C.Y and A.C.C.O.U.N.T.A.B.I.L.I.T.Y

Why aren’t other Parties and their MP’s doing likewise, you may well ask.

I suggest that it is simply because they have no R.E.S.P.E.C.T for their voters and constituents nor indeed, for themselves.

An honest man has nothing to hide.

On the other hand, it is my view that those MP’s who choose not to declare what they do with their allocation of PUBLIC monies are suspect, both in terms of their personal integrity and honesty as well as their loyalty to their constituents and welfare of the Vanuatu populace in general.

Let us hope that other parliamentary representatives will “see the light” and follow the example of politicians like Gillion William and as such, remember that – “Respect is not a right – it must be earned”.

  1. Jenny –
    MP Gillion had offered to pay for the repairs to the vehicle and arranged for it to be put in a garage to be fixed at his own personal cost.
    Then when MP Emelee was appointed as Minister of Justice he removed the car from the garage without the MP’s knowledge and gave it to one of his cronies to “fix”. We believe it was some sort of a “commission” deal where the Minister would get a commission out of a false inflated invoice.
    Following this series of events, MP Gillion withdrew his offer to pay to fix the car as the Minister had interfered for his own political benefit.
    Please get your facts straight before making public statements.

    • Thanks for your clarification, Ralph. I must say that I am deeply saddened by the actions of those entrusted with the public purse but continue to abuse their positions of power, especially when they hold such important positions in government of the public service.

      Another blight on Vanuatu politics….(sigh)…

  2. Jenny Viregagaru says:

    Dear Phil,

    Good morning to you!

    I also commended the MP and Ground and Justice Party for their effort in Showing to the nation how transparent their work is in report! That is not disputed!

    How ever I have a concern as this particulr MP have an ancident with the Republic of Vanuatu Vehicle and wonder who is paying the damage to the vehicle and how transparent is this accident. I am seeing him still driving a Government vehicle and wonder whether who is accountable for this???????????????? Are citzen of Vanuatu paying for him and how much is the cost of the damage? GJP is seen as taking the lead in the politics to step up in terms of transparency and accountability but should uphold other areas also!

    I hope MP Gillion Williams is hold accountable for this or he is now got up too like other Political Parties MP.

    I question why ALL MPs in current Government should drive Government vehicles! Nothing change from previous MP Moana Government! Someone is laughing!


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