12 Aug 2011

Marshall Islands company refused to front parliamentary committee

3:15 pm on 12 August 2011

The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority has refused to testify before the parliament's Public Accounts Committee, which reviews the use of government funding.

The NTA general manager, Tony Muller, responding to an invitation to appear before the committee last week, said the NTA couldn't do so since it's a private company.

But parliamentary clerk, Gary Ueno, says while the NTA is privately owned, it accepted substantial public funds last year and so has a duty to publicly account for how that money's been acquitted.

The Marshall Islands government is the majority stock holder in the NTA.