Manumanu report not ready for public: Yuangu

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THE Government is not going to release to the public an administrative inquiry report into the Manumanu land deal, although it presented Prime Minister Peter O’Neill with a copy last October.
Administrative inquiry manager Mathew Yuangu said yesterday that the inquiry chaired by John Anthony Griffin, QC, had presented the report to O’Neill on October 19.
“The report was presented to O’Neill but has not been published nor made available for the public as yet. It’s not being cleared by the Government for public consumption,” he said.
The Secretary of the National Executive Council had advised against the release of the inquiry,” Yuangu said.
O’Neill during the last Parliamentary sitting only delivered a statement on the inquiry but did not table the report.
Yuangu said there were State agencies heavily implicated in the report but it was only an administrative inquiry and not a Commission of Inquiry.
The findings of a commission of inquiry are binding and available for public viewing, with disciplinary actions taken against those implicated through its recommendations.
“It’s an administrative inquiry. Its findings are currently subjected to further investigations,” he said.
“The report is only with the Ombudsman Commission, police and the prime minister. The Prime Minister received the report and referred it to police and the Ombudsman Commission to do further investigations.”

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