21 Mar 2006

PNG finance secretary suspended

4:08 pm on 21 March 2006

The Papua New Guinea Finance Secretary Thaddeus Kambanei has been suspended from office by the National Executive Council.

The Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare flew into Port Moresby and convened a special Cabinet meeting yesterday to deal with the future of Mr Kambanei.

The newspaper, The National, reports that a source within Cabinet confirmed the suspension of Mr Kambanei late yesterday.

The Inter-Government Relations Minister, Sir Peter Barter, was not at the meeting, but said he had been advised on the Cabinet decision and said it was a fair decision.

The reason for the suspension was not given, nor the period of his suspension.

Mr Kambanei had sought legal interpretation over the Finance Department's referral by Parliament to the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee for an investigation into its affairs.