28 May 2019

Bougainville govt sacks another seven staff for misconduct

1:29 pm on 28 May 2019

The Bougainville government in Papua New Guinea has sacked another seven staff for misconduct.

This follows investigations into the former secretary of peace agreement negotiations, James Tanis.

Mr Tanis, who was stood down in March, had reportedly been trying to deal directly with the PNG national government and business houses, bypassing the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

The Bougainville chief secretary, Joseph Nobetau, says he remains committed in his push for transparency and accountability within government.

He says each of the sacked individuals claimed to have been acting on instructions from above, which he says demonstrates a callous disregard for the rule of law and accepted practice in the Bougainville public service.

Mr Tanis, who has previously been president of Bougainville, has said he had been seeking payment for service providers who had not been paid

The current president, John Momis, says Mr Tanis is continuing to work for the government, helping it prepare for the referendum due to be conducted in October.