6 Jun 2007

PNG ombudsman probes slush fund disbursements

3:05 pm on 6 June 2007

The Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission has started an investigation into what has happened to tens of millions of dollars paid out as discretionary electorate funds to members of parliament.

The Post Courier reports that about 30 million US dollars had been held back until March after the Commission questioned last year the way some of an earlier allotment had been spent by the MPs.

The missing money is part of the 67 million US dollar so-called slush fund, in which money is provided to MPs to assist the delivery of services within their electorates.

The Chief Ombudsman, Ila Geno, and Ombudsman John Nero say a National Court decision last Friday has re-established the stop on the payment of the funds.