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PM Sato Kilman, Deputy PM Moana Carcasses, MP Marcelino Pipite

PM Sato Kilman, Deputy PM Moana Carcasses, MP Marcelino Pipite

On behalf of myself, my family, business colleagues and associates and many, many friends both here in Vanuatu and overseas, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude for showing us the way to a better and more prosperous future for the sovereign nation of Vanuatu.

By way of the example set by yourselves, it is quite clear that the way forward for Vanuatu will be in the hands of true leaders, leaders who will be men and women with a history of and committed to the ideals of:

Respect for their Office

Respect for the people of Vanuatu

Accountability

Integrity

Honesty

Transparency

Fidelity

Compassion for their fellow man

Genuine desire to improve the nation’s socio-economic development

Cultural preservation

…. all without aforethought for their own self-interests.

What a crying shame that you, along with the other MP’s recently convicted of Bribery, have displayed NONE of these fine leadership qualities whilst in power! Instead you have failed the people you are meant to serve – the people of Vanuatu!

Still, we are immensely grateful that you have finally given us the motivation and clarity of vision to change the way forward for the betterment of Vanuatu society.

Our opportunites to start effecting such changes begin tomorrow with the Port Vila by-election.

For helping the nation of Vanuatu begin a new era of propriety in leadership. . . .

Mifala tankyu tumas!

 . . . . because they didn’t have any to begin with!

True Leadership is built on integrityBefore proceeding any further with this commentary, we should all be clear on one thing: in Vanuatu’s political arena, public service, police force, judiciary and government-controlled institutions, there ARE men and women who are true to their station – men and women who are diligent, hard-working, honest and honourable but who face huge obstacles every day in the guise of “leaders” who are bent, crooked, corrupt. In the not-too-distant future, I intend to write an “expose” of some of those GOOD CITIZENS who deserve recognition for their positive contribution to this country but for now, onto the subject at hand – INTEGRITY (or lack thereof on the part of our current leaders).

As a long-standing member of the Vanuatu community, it pains me to see the continual abasement of Melanesian values and common human decency by those in positions of power. These parasites revel in the fact they are very likely to be able to carry out their self-serving, corrupt ways without the fear of being held accountable for their actions.

In keeping with the above statement, if you haven’t read it already, I recommend that you grab a copy of this weekend’s Vanuatu Independent newspaper as there are three articles/comments in it worthy of noting.

The first is an article headed “MoE warns schools to effectively manage water”. Sure, it does contain some good advice on the subject. However, what really galls me is the statement attributed to the MoE (Ministry of Education) – “The ministry wants schools to continue with their operations and students to continue to attend school”. Assuming this comment to be true reporting –  WHAT A LOAD OF CLAPTRAP this is!

Schools are being closed; students are being denied the right to attend school because the present government has failed them, betrayed the present generation of youths whose parents wish them to have an education. The government has been mandated to pay the school fees for those students whose parents haven’t been able to meet the fees due to the effects of Cyclone Pam on their income. Here on Efate, this especially applies to the Northern region of the island where the majority of parents rely on subsistence farming, to grow crops that can be sold to provide food, water and other life essentials mandatory for their survival. They now have the added impost of the El Nino weather pattern disrupting their efforts even further.

Anti-Corruption - EducationIt is also true to say that the present government has proven its incompetence and corruption in its handling of aid and assistance to the Vanuatu community since the March cyclone. What has this government done to assist the schools hardest hit by the cyclone? As far as I can determine – ABSOLUTELY BLOODY NOTHING! It has taken the likes of the ex-pat community and their friends and compratriots, as highlighted by the Editor of The Vanuatu Independent, Tony Wilson in his column, “Wilson’s Word” to get behind the re-building of those schools affected. You only have to look at the awe-inspiring work undertaken over these past few months by the Ratua Foundation, the SHaRM Pikinin Ecole Foundation, Volunteer Vanuatu, Bluescope, Mele Beach Bar plus many, many caring individuals from Vanuatu and overseas (too many to cite here) to see evidence of their contribution to the restitution of our education facilities.

In the same paper, Evelyne Toa’s article – “Abuse of position goes on and on” makes for excellent reading as she analyses the actions of today’s leaders, in particular their corruption and abuse of power, a situation that we, the people of Vanuatu, have been tolerating for way too long.

One of the major and righteous questions being asked in the media is “What has happened to all the Aid money given to the government?” We know that some of it has been used to buy new cars for Ministers, fund overseas junkets and the like but where has this money been used for the benefit of the people of Vanuatu? Hello . . .is there anyone out there in government who can or will tell us?

Dear reader, you are no doubt familiar with the adage of “when a fish stinks, it does so from the head down”

A fish stinks from the head first

Well so it is with the present Vanuatu government leaders.

PM Sato Kilman has surrounded himself with experts, experts in the art of graft, corruption, fraud, bribery and self-serving dishonesty. Fifteen, yes FIFTEEN of his MP’s are currently facing charges of bribery and breaches of the Leadership Code. They face judgement this coming Friday, 9th October when the presiding judge, Justice Mary Sey hands down her verdict.

Notwithstanding the eventual determination of the Supreme Court in this instance, there is no denying the fact that many of these same MP’s are a blight on our community and chief contributors to Vanuatu becoming a laughing stock on the international stage. A few prime examples . . . .

Marcellino Pipite. One of the self-determined “big men”, this MP keeps showing his true colours in his contempt for the system. Not a stranger to upholding his belief in his own self-importance (see a previous article – “The Minister of Chickens”), his contemptuous attitude is well-evidenced in his recent spending on a junket to the U.S. – eight million vatu from the public purse – 8,000,000 vatu of YOUR MONEY! Imagine how far that money would have gone to alleviating the pain of those whose children can’t attend school because the government won’t meet its obligations in this regard.

Paul Telukluk. Another MP who is well-practised in the art of rorting the system and practising fraud and deception, especially when it comes to his largesse to his family and cronies whilst at the helm of the Lands Department in his capacity as Minister of Lands. This is the same person who was once cited by a previous Ombudsman and quoted in www.paclii.org as having . . . 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.” 

Steven Kalsakau. This particular person, also one of Sato Kilman’s close cronies, also has a long history of rorting the system for his own personal benefit whilst holding the much-sought-after-by-crooks position of Minister of Lands. (By the way, in support of this notion, it’s worth noting that PM Kilman has re-appointed Paul Telukluk to this very same position in spite of his crooked and shameful history in a similar capacity and in spite of MP Ralph Regenvanu’s honest attempts at restoring faith in the Department of Lands). Back to MP Kalsakau . . . his questionable actions have been reported extensively in the Vanuatu Daily Post and other media, including internationally. I have also previously touched on this aspect of his not-so-illustrious career in my article – “Public Enemy #1 – The Truth”. To gain an even better insight into his rorts and the like, it’s also worth havinga look at some of the articles in the Vanuatu Daily Digest. But once again, PM Kilman has looked after his mate Kalsakau by appointing him to the position of Parliamentary Secretary with all its extra power and financial benefits and without advertising the position or consulting anyone. It’s called “jobs for the boys”!

The bottom line? 

The fetid stink of corruption that pervades the Vanuatu Parliament halls of power must be eliminated. Fortunately, there are ways that this can be achieved.

First up, it is up to YOU, the people of Vanuatu, to support the honest, honourable and decent men and women in our community in their quest for change for a better society, one that doesn’t just favour the crook and thieves who would call themselves “leaders” but rather those who, by their actions, have proven themselves to be people of INTEGRITY and who genuinely care about the welfare and the economic and social well-being of Vanuatu.

UNODC - National_Anti-Corruption_Strategies_-_A_Practical_Guide_for_Development_and_ImplementationSecondly, have your own close-to-home community contact and question the Member of Parliament who is meant to represent YOUR interests in running the country. Find out their level of commitment, or otherwise, to having the government institute the necessary legislation and processes to conform to its UNCAC (United Nations Convention Against Corruption) obligations in establishing an independent, government-funded Anti-Corruption Agency that has full investigative and prosecution powers – similar to that of the Fiji and Hong Kong ICAC’s (Independent Commission Against Corruption).

Finally, at the next elections, VOTE WITH YOUR HEAD. Vote for those men and women of ACTION instead of those who would continue to attempt to dazzle you with words of false promises.

The FOUNDATION OF LEADERSHIP IS INTEGRITY!

 

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.

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.

cry-babySome things and of course, some people, never change.

This is especially evident in news media articles and social media commentary since the installation of the new Government here in Vanuatu. Particularly noticeable are the comments and statements from deposed previous government MP’s and their supporters as they continue to clutch at straws in the fond hope that they will get back into their lost positions of power and money-grabbing capacities.

These people should face reality: they lost and did so for all the right reasons.

The new government’s stated 100-day-Plan is just that – a 100-DAY-PLAN, not 30 or 60 or any other number. The time to fully assess the achievements or otherwise of the government’s stated objectives is at the end of 100 DAYS. Of course, it’s quite possible that some objectives will not be achieved within the stated time-frame but at least this government, unlike its predecessors, has had the guts to put itself on the line and continue to communicate with the people as to what they are doing and how they’re going about it.

Naturally, we should all continue to be watchful regarding the government and bureaucrat actions or lack thereof in the days and weeks that follow.

In the meantime, a message to the losers – why not try something completely different – stop your unnecessary, self-serving and counter-productive whinging, bitching and complaining. Suck it up baby and get on with it!

Ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is bliss

…….then many of Vanuatu’s politicians must live in a constant state of euphoria.

The latest example one can point to is the Willie Jimmy/Sato Kilman so-called “kastom reconciliation” – a clear case of “self-serving” rather than “nation-serving” political BS.

In an effort to educate those who don’t understand their meaning, the following Oxford Dictionary definitions would be worth learning and practising by these two political figures and any like-minded supporters of their actions:

INTEGRITY – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles

MORAL – Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour; Holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct

PRINCIPLE – Morally correct behaviour and attitudes

Oh yes, just in case they don’t quite “get it”, a couple more definitions for them…….

IGNORANT – Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated

EUPHORIA – A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness

MP-Moana-Carcasses-SponsorshipMake no mistake about it – the new government has been handed a HUGE mess, a mess created by previous administrations. Nepotism, cronyism, stupidity, ignorance, theft and outright fraud have all taken their toll on the economy and the social fabric of Vanuatu society under these same administrations. In many, many instances it comes back to corruption – intentional raping of Vanuatu’s financial resources by those in positions of power in government and the public sector.

In fact, I believe strongly that the main reason for the fall of Sato Kilman’s government and their subsequent replacement by the team led by the new PM, Moana Carcasses, is the issue of corruption.

However, maybe now, for the first time ever in the history of Vanuatu, it can be said that a new government is there upon the back of its mandate to eliminate corruption. Emanating from this, of course, are two key questions – (a) Can they do it? and (b) Do they have the political will to do it?

So, let’s get back to the mess left for the new powers-that-be. Vanuatu is effectively bankrupt, in my view. The country is financially dependent upon the largesse of Aid donors. It has massive debts, very little export income and an enormous reliance on imported goods. The public service is overweight, no – obese with incompetent people, ineffectual systems and processes and a lack of work ethic. The public sector is waaaay too large and has a culture that encourages corruptive practices.

In an interview with MP Ralph Regenvanu, Radio NZ states “However, the new-look cabinet faces an unprecedented budget deficit, something the new Lands Minister Ralph Regenvanu admits is a huge problem.” Hell yes!

In the same article, the new Finance Minister, Willie Jimmy is reported to state that “he will seek assurances from heads of all public departments that they can achieve their budget targets”.

Well, for the sake of the economic health of Vanuatu and the new government’s attempts to fix things, I truly hope that MP Jimmy has been misquoted.

We do NOT want or need assurances that they can achieve their already-established budgets because most, if not all the Departmental budgetary considerations are likely to be based on false premises anyway.

What we DO want and need is a more pragmatic approach. MP Ralph has already stated the need to cut costs and unnecessary spending….and he’s correct. Simultaneously, the government’s export income and statutory revenue collection processes need to be investigated and improved as well. By this, I’m certainly not advocating that the new government continues down the same path as previous governments in their efforts to “kill the golden goose” – a.k.a. the ex-pat driven business community.

Oh yeah – and please, get some co-operative efficiency into areas such as the Immigration Department – another hopelessly inefficient, poorly-managed public SERVICE (“service” – what’s that, the PIO said?) that needs a swift kick in the bum!

You’ve seen the headlines by now, you know – the “Independent”‘s – “Nepotism ‘rife’ in gov’t”…….”Kilman apppoints brother to VNPF Board”.

sucker punchWhoa….What a sucker punch!!! – right to YOUR face – blind-sided by yet another cowardly blow from the Kilman corner.

Somehow, the Page 3 headline in the Daily Post doesn’t quite cut it, in my view, anyway – “Kilman and Garaebiti appointed to VNPF Board”.

Tell it for what it is lads…..NEPOTISM = CORRUPTION!

“Chinese factory will extract kava lactones for export: Lini” Daily Post – today….

It would be interesting to see what the lads down at “The Kava Emporium” might have to say about this. They invented the totally unique non-chemical, water-based, kava lactone extraction process that is now used for both local kava and kava product consumption (such as Kava Cola, Kava Chocolate, Kava Cordial and the like) and for export to a variety of countries.

When Ham Lini went to China, I know for a fact that the Vanuatu kava “sample” he took with him came from “The Kava Emporium”. 

The thanks the lads got from Lini was two-fold – no feedback from the Trade Minister or his Department and then…..not even invited to the “Kava Conference” held recently. Go figure that one…key players in the kava industry here.

Maybe the government would be better off recognizing the fact there are already significant numbers of both Ni-Vanuatu and expat people already working together in a successful and productive capacity in this industry. So….

…instead of having the Chinese build a factory wherein THE PROFITS will be repatriated back to China and other places outside of Vanuatu (and goodness knows into whose off-shore bank accounts!?), WHY NOT establish a Vanuatu-owned facility of the same magnitude, using Chinese money if you have to but please – stop this LUNACY of selling off the birthright of the Vanuatu people – the nation’s sovereignty, as part of the process.

“Claims of favouritism in scholarship awards” – another front-pager from the “Independent”.

No doubt you’re as surprised as I am (LOL) that no-one would provide the Independent with a list of the Awardees. That would constitute “TRANSPARENCY” – an absolute “No, no” with this government, it seems.

It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?

The Watcher(W).………and here’s an update from RNZI News…….
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=74634

RRApparently, the Kilman government wants to rid Parliament of maverick MP, Ralph Regenvanu. This is what the Hon. MP Ralph posted on various social media sites yesterday……

“GAVMAN I BIN DISAED YESTEDE BLONG PUTUM WAN MOSEN (MOTION) LONG PALEMEN BLONG KIKIMAOT MI (MP Ralph) LONG PALAMEN.
Wanem risen blong aotem mi? HU I SAVE ?!
Mi no brekem Konstityusen, o traem blong brekem Konstityusen, mo i nogat eni alegesen se mi brekem Konstityusen.
Mi no brekem loa, o traem blong brekem loa, mo i nogat eni alegesen se mi brekem loa.
Mi no brekem Leadership Code, o traem blong brekem Leadership Code, mo i nogat eni alegesen se mi brekem Leadership Code.
Mi no brekem ol Standing Orders blong Palemen, o traem blong brekem ol Standing Orders, mo i nogat eni alegesen se mi brekem ol Standing Orders.
Mi no tok nogud agensem eni narafala MP, mo mi no giaman abaot eni narafala MP.
SO WANEM RISEN??
Maet John Shing o Johnston Aga i save ansa long bihaf blong Gavman?
Mi intres blong save wanem risen nao oli wantem kikimaot mi long Palemen from…”

OF COURSE the corrupt Kilman government wants to get rid of him. This latest move by the government shows it for what it really is – a house full of men working for themselves – not Vanuatu.

After all, who needs an honest, hard-working, committed, intelligent man of integrity like Ralph in Parliament. That just won’t do, will it chaps?

My message to Ralph is simple – mate, you have them running scared. Remember, you are far from being alone in the fight against these self-serving crooks. Hang in there – true justice and common sense WILL prevail eventually!