MP’s penalty upheld

National

A THREE-man bench Supreme Court has ruled that the punishment imposed on North Fly MP Boka Kondra by the Leadership Tribunal was fitting, deserving and not erroneous.
The Leadership Tribunal had found him guilty of misconduct in office and recommended to the governor-general that he be dismissed as the North Fly MP.
Justice Don Sawong instructed lawyer Nasu Alice, representing the State, to inform the solicitor-general and the public prosecutor to take the necessary steps regarding the recommendation of the Leadership Tribunal.
The Supreme Court discharged a stay order granted by the National Court on June 21 to stay the decision and recommendation of the tribunal.
Kondra filed the appeal on grounds that, among others, he did not intentionally apply to his own use public monies from the district services improvement programme funds and district support grants.
He also said the trial judge failed to take into account relevant matters such as that there was no serious culpability on his (Kondra’s) part and that he had a prior good and clean record.
The court found that there was serious culpability on Kondra’s part and it started with the decision to allocate K400,000 for his administration costs from the DSIP and SDG funds which he was not entitled to.
The court found that Kondra benefited from those funds by using the amounts to pay rent for his electoral office in Kiunga, his accommodation in Port Moresby and settle payments for his outstanding vehicle hire.

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