By GYNNIE KERO
PUBLIC Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin, pictured, says he will be perusing the file to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Auditor-General Philip Nauga.
The Ombudsman Commission last Friday referred Nauga to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.
Kaluwin said there should be credible evidence before he could advise the National Executive Council, the appointing authority of the auditor-general, of his opinion.
“It is the appointing authority that requests the Chief Justice (Sir Salamo Injia) to appoint the appropriate tribunal to conduct an enquiry into the allegations of misconduct in office if it finds that there are grounds of removal of the leader from office,” Kaluwin said in a statement yesterday.
The allegations of misconduct in office occurred between 2012 and 2015.
The subject of the referral by the ombudsman relates to Nauga’s:
l Wilful disregard of the Public Service Commission’s decision to reinstate the deputy auditor-general (corporate services);
l Wilful disregard of the Public Service Commission’s decision to reinstate four other auditor-general officers;
l Non declaration of firearm in his annual statement for the period October 14, 2012 to October 13, 2013;
l Issuing of threats using a firearm and assaulting the operator of an excavator, who was an employee of Tabigu Investment, a company that was formally engaged by the Central provincial government to do road works maintenance between Boregaina and Karekodobu and other neighbouring villagers.
By GYNNIE KERO