By JACOB POK
FORMER PNGRFL chairman Albert Veratau, has taken the newly formed board under Gary Juffa and Bryan Kramer to court.
Veratau went to court yesterday and filed proceedings against Kramer, who is the PNGRL director for the Northern region and four others, for allegedly calling a vote of no-confidence meeting without prior notice to him as the incumbent board chairman, and other members of his board.
Veratau alleged that Kramer and his group called a meeting on Nov 28 and elected a new board of directors for PNGRL.
He, therefore, went to court and to request for a restraining order on Tuesday, stopping Kramer and others from entering the PNGRFL office premises and interfering with its management and affairs until the matter was decided in court.
Yesterday, the matter returned to court and Veratau’s lawyer, Edward Waifaf, submitted that a proper annual general meeting (AGM) had to be conducted next month after all new and continuing league associations completed in full their affiliation requirements with the PNGRL.
The previous AGM in Lae was deferred however the new board was elected then. Lawyer representing Kramer, Nelson Kubune, told the court that he was not in a position to argue the matter as he had received short notice from his client and needed time to get proper instruction from his client before returning to court.
Presiding Judge, Justice Ambeng Kandakasi told both parties that the conflict could jeopardise the long term plans for rugby league in the country such as the NRL bid and the Kumuls Four Nations tournament.
“PNG is a rugby league nation apart from any other sport and the interest of the people must be maintained,” Justice Kandakasi said.
He ordered both lawyers to meet with their clients and arrange for a proper AGM for the appointment of the board of directors.
He ordered that the restraining orders be extended only to Monday where parties shall return for a further hearing.