Posts Tagged ‘Paul Telukluk’

Many of you will no doubt have heard of ROBIN HOOD.

Robin HoodJust to recap and as quoted in Wikipedia – “Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who, according to legend, was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted as being dressed in Lincoln Green, he is often portrayed as “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor” alongside his band of Merry Men. Robin Hood became a popular folk figure in the late-medieval period”. Also known as Robin of Loxley, He was purported to live in Sherwood Forest in Nottingham with his arch enemy being the Sheriff of Nottingham.

In all the years that I have been visiting and now living in Vanuatu, I have never been as appalled as I am now by the STINKING, FETID CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION that all of us are living with, in particular, under the ‘management’ and rule of the present government.

As such, it’s my view that it is quite reasonable to compare the era of ROBIN HOOD with what we, as Citizens and Residents of Vanuatu, are forced to endure on a daily basis.

ROBBING HOODS in ROTTINGHAM and SHEFA 'Forest'We have ROBBING HOODS and their BANDITS OF MANY FACES in “ROTTINGHAM”  (a.k.a. Vanuatu)

blatantly conducting their sordid affairs of corruption without fear of being held accountable for their actions, backed up by their lackies – in SHEFA ‘Forest’. The question is – “What CAN you do to overcome this situation?” and perhaps, even more importantly – “What WILL you do, if anything?”

So, if you care enough to overturn ‘ROTTINGHAM” to the VANUATU of yesteryear (prior to 1991), then IT’S OVER TO YOU!

I have lent my voice, more often than not “alone in the wilderness of community apathy” to these issues. It’s time for someone else to take up the cudgel, per se.

Blind Freddie Award

Nominations are now open for our inaugural “BLIND FREDDIE AWARD”

We think it’s appropriate to add a bit of light-hearted spice to a serious topic currently in the news – CORRUPTION in POLITICS, Political Parties, Politicians, Political Supporters and Political Commentators (the latter including all news and social media contributors).

So – “where does the term “Blind Freddie” come from”, you may well ask.

There are a number of theories on this but the general consensus of opinion is that it came about in the early 1900’s, based on a real-life character – a hawker in Sydney, Australia.

The commonly-accepted use of “Blind Freddie” is for an imaginary person supposed to have little or no perception and representing the highest degree of incompetence, especially in the phrase – “Blind Freddie could see that!”

For a “Blind Freddie Award” nomination to be accepted by the Adjudicator (us!), the potential Awardee must be shown to either….

Be blissfully unaware of the meaning of and/or be a supporter of and/or be knowingly involved in Corruption/Corruptive Practices including any of the following:

  • Nepotism
  • Cronyism
  • Lack of Integrity
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Behaviour Demeaning his/her Office or Position
  • Leadership Code Breach
  • Unethical Behaviour

To get the ball rolling, we have already included some potential Award “Winners”.

The eventual Winners will be announced on 1st May, 2014.

This is a plea to the Hon. PM. Moana Carcassesfor the welfare of all who live in and/or love Vanuatu.

It is also a plea in the interests of:

  • Good Governance
  • Leadership Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Accountability and
  • Justice

Paul Telukluk - Minister of Internal AffairsI am referring to the easily-recognizable politically-expedient appointment of Paul Barthemely Telukluk as the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Please note that I have not and shall not refer to this person as Honourable as only persons deserving of this title should be referred to as such and humbly suggest that the following supports this…..

FACTS and BACKGROUND

As quoted by the Vanuatu Government website –

“The Ministry of Internal Affairs responsible for implementation of the major and most essential policies relating to the internal administration of the entire nation. This Ministry is a crucial department as it services the entire population starts from Torba in the far north to Tafea Province in the far south that needs to be implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Nine departments are under the authority of the Ministry in ensuring that the following policies are implemented in terms of decentralisation, internal security and border control management and the national services. The nine departments Corporate Services Division (CSD), Department of Local Authorities (DLA), National Disaster Management (NDMO), Vanuatu Police Force (VPF), Department of Immigration, Department of Labour and Employment Services (DoL), Electoral Office, Passport Office and Civil Status.

The Ministry is also responsible for some constitutional and statuary bodies like the Electoral Commission, Minimum Wages Board, Labour Advisory Board, National Housing Corporation, National Cultural, Provincial Councils and Municipal Councils.”

Bearing this in mind, it can be reasonably argued that this Ministry is THE most important in the land. And yet…….here’s just a little history and expose of the person now in charge of such an important post…….

“In the mid-1990s, Telukluk served as Minister for Lands in Prime Minister Maxime Carlot Korman‘s government. Later, he was investigated by the Ombudsman‘s office, which in 1999 published a report accusing him of having mismanaged the sale of deportees’ properties. The report recommended that Telukluk “should not be considered for a ministerial portfolio in any future Government” (Wikipedia);

“OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN

PUBLIC REPORT ON THE GRANTING OF LEASES BY THE FORMER MINISTER OF LANDS MR PAUL BARTHELEMY TELUKLUK TO HIMSELF, FAMILY MEMBERS AND WANTOKS

PREAMBLE

This yet again we are confronted by evidence of leaders conspiring to defraud not only private individuals but the public by carefully plotting to increase their own personal wealth and assets by systematically pursuing dishonest courses of action and by misusing their public official positions to break the law, enrich themselves and to defraud others of their rights.

SUMMARY

Public Report is about how 15 land titles were improperly allocated by the Former Minister of Lands and now Minister of Ni-Vanuatu Business Mr. Paul Barthelemy Telukluk to himself, Members of his Family and wantoks (people of his island community). This report highlights the need for a proper policy governing the lease of Government Lands and Customary lands to ensure that they are done according to constitutional rights and Leadership Code obligations, and that actual market values are used.

The Ombudsman decided to investigate into this distribution of titles following several complaints lodged by members of the public. These complainants, having been allocated a block of land by the Department of Lands, had seen their land then given by Minister of Land Telukluk to members of his family or wantoks before the full process was finalised.

As Minister of Lands between 1992 and 1996, Mr. Telukluk had the legal power to sign land leases on behalf of the government, for public lands and lands under the management or control of the government. This also gave Mr. Telukluk the ultimate power to approve or determine the premium charged for leases.

During his term, Mr. Telukluk assigned 15 titles to himself, members of his family and wantoks.

The Ombudsman found that Mr. Telukluk’s conduct was unjust and contrary to Art. 5(1)(k) of the Constitution, because he gave himself and people close to him preferential treatment to obtain leases at cheap prices; other people of Vanuatu were not treated equally. With respect to 4 titles acquired for himself for free, the Ombudsman found this conduct to be misappropriation. The Ombudsman also found that Mr. Telukluk breached each and every section of the Leadership Code in the Constitution.

MR TELUKLUK’S USE OF HIS MINISTERIAL POWER TO GRANT LEASES TO HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY MEMBERS AND WANTOKS WAS ALSO CONTRARY TO ARTICLE 5 OF THE CONSTITUTION.

MR TELUKLUK BREACHED EACH AND EVERY SECTION OF THE LEADERSHIP CODE IN THE CONSTITUTION: CONFLICT OF INTEREST, UNFAIR EXERCISE OF OFFICIAL DUTIES, DEMEANING POSITION, LACK OF INTEGRITY, USE OF OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN.” (www.paclii.org)

There are many, many more references to Paul Telukluk’s immoral and crooked dealings – way too many to cover here. And yet again….

He has now appointed a CONVICTED FRAUDSTER in the form of CLARENCE MARAE as his First Political Advisor (PA) and secondly, Wendy Myriam-Himford as another PA – a woman well-known as a religious zealot and self-appointed Apostle who once accused Hon. MP Ralph Regenvanu’s Graon Mo Jastis Pati as the “Satanik Pati”.

To all the Citizens and Residents of Vanuatu and those who have their cultural roots in this country – “Do you trust such a person to hold such an important position in the running of this wonderful nation?”

I certainly don’t and as such implore our Honourable Prime Minister, Moana Carcasses, to do the right thing and change this situation – before it’s too late.

FOOTNOTE: Telukluk was a co-founder of the Green Federation in 2000.

Paper Bag Ministers

Paper Bag Ministers

According to Hon. MP Ralph Regenvanu – “in the past five years, the Government of Vanuatu has issued about 145 licenses for offshore mining exploration and prospecting, and another 3 for offshore oil exploration”.

It’s good to see this revelation in the media – it’s called transparency.

HOWEVER, there is yet to be any mention of the amount of licence fees paid and who they were paid to or is this yet another case of previous Paper Bag Ministers (sometimes referred to as Minister of Lands) at work again?