10 Sep 2014

PNG's task force head 'still in dark' over pay

2:03 pm on 10 September 2014

The head of a high-profile anti-corruption task force in Papua New Guinea says he is still being kept in the dark over the apparent withholding of his pay.

Sam Koim, the head of Task Force Sweep, which has investigated alleged illegal payments from the PNG government to a law firm, says he hasn't been paid the last four scheduled payments, which goes back almost eight weeks.

A government media spokesperson says Mr Koim has not turned up for work, and under the law no one should be paid for failing to attend work.

But Mr Koim says he has continued to work as head of the investigative unit.

The government move to disband Taskforce Sweep came after its investigations into alleged massive, illegal state payments to a law firm resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Mr O'Neill has described Taskforce Sweep as having become politically compromised.