Vanuatu Opposition prepares criminal complaint against PM

Vanuatu's opposition is preparing a criminal complaint against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and members of his government in relation to the recently voided parliamentary secretary positions.

Opposition Whip, Jay Ngwele said the Court of Appeal ruled that the parliamentary secretary positions are unconstitutional given there are no legal provisions for such positions.

The Opposition is concerned that enormous public funds have been used to fund these positions, which were created in 2016.

“Given strict provisions as to the conduct of the prosecution of Leaders as provided for by the Leadership Code Act and the strict time frame set for such prosecution under the same Act, the Opposition is now commencing Criminal Prosecution with the Ombudsman, Police and the prosecutions to have this matter prosecuted expeditiously as no one is above the law.”

“The Opposition Whip has contacted the State Law Office, particularly the Solicitor General Frederick Gilu with the view of obtaining all documents such as contracts and other relevant documentation so as to commence criminal prosecution,”said Mr Ngwele.

He said the opposition was in the early stages of filing a criminal complaint against Mr Salwai, Finance Minister Gaetan Pikioune and the former Parliamentary Secretaries.


Photo supplied Caption: Opposition Whip, Jay Ngwele



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