Tongamb case to be heard in Hagen

National, Normal

The National, Monday 29th April 2013

 THE contempt charges against Jiwaka Governor Dr William Tongamb and seven others will be heard in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, next month.

Justice Allan David on Friday in Minj National Court postponed the case after two weeks of hearing the petition case.

Former Anglimp-South Waghi MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham, who came third in the Jiwaka provincial seat, challenged Tongamb and has asked the court to declare him as a duly elected governor by-passing Paul Enn who came second in the race. 

Maxtone-Graham also pursued contempt charges Tongamb, the Electoral Commission, provincial police commander Simon Nigi and six others for allegedly breaching a national court order.

Justice David told the parties that he would hear the contempt charges in Mt Hagen on May 10 with the calling of witnesses.

He said that he would hand down his decision on the contempt charges and competency of the election petition in Minj at a date to be set.