Protocol not followed, says district administrator

Lae News, Normal

The National- Wednesday, January 19, 2011


BULOLO district administration do not seem to be informed of visits by national leaders to the district, it has been claimed.

Acting district administrator, Tae Gwambalek, has expressed dissatisfaction over his office being neglected when national leaders paid visits to his district, especially the Hidden Valley gold mining project in Wau. 

Gwambalek was in Lae yesterday on official business while the Minister for Environment and Conservation, Benny Allen, was visiting the Morobe Mining Joint Venture project in Hidden Valley.

He said it was not the first time the district had not been informed by Morobe Mining and organisers of the visits by national leaders.

He said last time former governor-general, Sir Paulius Matane visited the mine site, the organisers did not have the courtesy to him.

“It is a protocol that the host districts or provinces are informed of visits by leaders or dignitaries,” he said.

Gwambalek said he had written a letter of complaint to the developers of Hidden Valley gold, MMJV, through its community affairs division, after the visit of the governor general.  

The purpose of Allen’s visit to the mine site at Hidden Valley yesterday was not known.