11 Feb 2019

Vanuatu PM denies settling with Pentecost organisation

3:59 pm on 11 February 2019

Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has denied a report in the Vila Times that the government has reconciled with the failed Apma Financial Investment Centre on Pentecost island.

Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai

Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai Photo: Supplied

Mr Salwai called a news conference in a bid to dispel rumours about the government stance towards the organisation.

AFIC was deregistered after an audit report alleged irregularities and a case is now pending in court.

The rumours suggested a connection between the organisation, the prime minister and his public relations officer because the two men are also from Pentecost island

Mr Salwai said even if his government were invited to a reconciliation ceremony, it would not be part of it under the current circumstances.