Undialu begins clean-up in electorate

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The National, Wednesday August 08th, 2012

NEW Koroba-Kopiago MP Philip Undialu is not wasting time in his fight against corruption in the electorate in the new Hela province.
Undialu, who defeated former MP John Kekeno by 8000 votes, said fighting corruption was his top priority and he would help the Fraud Squad and Task Force Sweep to ensure every toea deposited into the Koroba-Kopiago district treasury account was accounted for.
He praised police investigations into the K7 million RESI funds for the district, which led to the arrest and detention of the district administrator.
The district administrator is reportedly out on a K3,000 bail and will appear in the National Court in Waigani at the end of the month.
Undialu said his findings revealed the district had not filed any financial acquittals with either the office of Rural Development or the Department of Finance since 2007.
“How could ORD and Finance continue to allow the release of funds during these seven years when it was obvious that a mandatory requirement under the Public Finance Management Act was being ignored,” Undialu asked. 
He said Task Force Sweep had asked for the presence of the acting district treasurer and other members of the JDP & BPC to present themselves for questioning at the Fraud Squad Offices in Konedobu, Port Moresby.