Murder suspect on asylum seeker’s killing, escapes prison

Asylum seekers stand behind a fence in Oscar compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, Friday, March 21, 2014. Papua New Guinea expects to start resettling refugees detained in Australia’s offshore processing centre on Manus Island as early as May. (AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell) 
ONE of the two men accused of killing Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus has escaped from prison.

Joshua Kaluvia, a former Salvation Army worker at the Manus Island detention centre, was facing trial for the wilful murder of Barati in February 2014.
Kaluvia was meant to appear in court in Lorengau yesterday to continue the trial. But the court was told he had escaped from the Lorengau prison. Acting provincial police commander Senior Inspector David Yapu confirmed with The National that Kaluvia escaped from prison last week Monday.
Yapu was disappointed that his escape was not reported to police immediately.
“Correctional Service (prisons) should immediately report to police so that we can mount out the search,” he said.
“I am very frustrated.
“He is from Kimbe, West New Britain.
“By now, we do not know whether he is still in Manus or he has already left.”
Kaluvia is from Muliagani village in West New Britain.
ABC News reported that a spokesman for PNG Correctional Services confirmed that Kaluvia was the suspect in the murder of an asylum seeker in 2014.
The escape occurred on March 28, between 11am and 12pm, the spokesman said. Trial judge Nicholas Kirriwom issued a warrant for Kaluvia to be recaptured and to reappear in court by April 18.
Kaluvia had pleaded not guilty and had complained about the standard of his defence during the trial last year.
Another man, former G4S guard Louie Efi, is accused of dropping a large rock on Barati’s head as he lay on the ground.
The National,Tuesday April 5th, 2016


Transport overview for APEC meet

APECTRANSPORT Secretary Roy Mumu says a meeting in Port Moresby this week of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Transportation Working Group will provide an overview of areas it can invest in.

The areas include aviation, maritime and land transport.
He said the meeting would provide the venue for discussion on infrastructure developments and financing options.
He told the working group meeting which began in Port Moresby yesterday that the country was glad to host the event as a lead-up to the 2018 Apec (leaders) summit.
He said as a diverse and geographically challenging country, Papua New Guinea recognised the importance of transportation as an enabler of trade and economic prosperity.
“It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Government and people of Papua New Guinea to welcome all delegations. We look forward to the outcome of the meeting and the experiences that will be shared by various economies,” Mumu said
He said PNG expected the group to provide the basis and understanding on the best areas PNG could invest in in its preparation to host the 2018 Apec Leader’s Summit.
“As an island nation, transportation and connectivity overview, which is the Apec perspective, is not only physical but rather a need for strengthening the institutional and people-to-people connectivity in order to realise a seamless transport.”

Source: The National,Tuesday April 5th, 2016

2017 General Election Dates Set



Source: The National,Tuesday April 5th, 2016

The return of writs for next year’s general election is expected in July, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says.
The local level government ones are scheduled for two weeks later on August 7.
Gamato announced the dates yesterday during the start of a week-long workshop for election managers and their assistants outside Port Moresby.
He said the nomination period was over seven days, campaign period over eight weeks and polling to take 14 days.
The periods are similar to the ones announced for the 2012 general election.
A total of 89 open seats and 22 regional seats are up for grabs during the national election.
The party with the most elected members is invited by the Governor-General to form the Government after the writs are returned. The theme for the 2017 general election is “Your choice, protect our democracy.”
“This theme embraces the notion of giving the choice of voting to the people,” Gamato said.
“When people have that choice, they will be careful to vote and their votes become part and parcel of protecting the democracy of this country.”
“This again depends on who they vote for as their leader in Parliament.
“Democracy is about equality, fairness, classlessness fairness, social equality, and freedom.”
Gamato said elections were not conducted fairly and equally in some parts of the Highlands region.
“There were (cases of) violence and trouble in some parts of the Highlands, and in many instances where election violence occurred between the supporters of two or more candidates, many people were denied their rights to vote,” he said.
“We cannot allow the democracy of this country to be compromised and called into question.
“Every person above the voting age in PNG has the right to exercise his or her democratic right to vote.
“Therefore, to some extent, everyone must exercise some degree of caution in ensuring that that our democracy is highly protected and shared with those who are vulnerable.
“I am making this call to everyone in PNG including the institutions of government and political parties.”