The National, Thursday 24th November 2011
By SAMUEL RAITANO
THE Waigani National Court has ordered a temporary stop to the PNGRFL’s annual general meeting scheduled for Saturday in Lae.
Justice Ambeng Kandakasi made the ruling yesterday, saying it was in the rugby league-crazed nation’s interest that the interim PNGRFL chairman John Numapo produced in court an outline of necessary steps taken to prepare for a fairly representative meeting, in which all stakeholders would participate in.
Kandakasi issued the interim injunction order following a motion by interim committee member Gary Juffa and other parties supporting him.
However, the court did not consider any other orders and declarations sought by Juffa and parties aligned with him.
This means the AGM set for this Saturday has been put off indefinitely, while Numapo remains as the interim chairman.
Kandakasi said PNGRFL was a national entity and did not “belong to Numapo, Juffa, Joe Tokam, Ivan Ravu or any affiliated league president” to pursue personal interests and to quarrel and jeopardise the organisation and progress of the national game.
Kandakasi said such in-house politicking and rivalry in PNGRFL should not jeopardise the on-going PNGNRL bid and other incentives aimed at developing the code to international standards.
“You should work collectively and put heads together to develop the code.
“Take ownership of the national interest that PNGRFL serves, rather than one or two people’s interest,” Kandakasi said.
He also ordered the parties to mediate among themselves to have the AGM and other PNGRFL issues addressed.
The parties will appear before Kandakasi on Monday for further mention.
It is expected that by then Numapo would have filed an affidavit stating what measures, he as the interim chairman had taken to facilitate a fair representation of all stakeholders of PNGRFL and the country’s interest in the code.
He called the actions of Numapo and the opposing faction in the court case as “playing football over football.”