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BAIS REFERRED FOR ALLEGED MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE

The Ombudsman Commission (OC) has referred Mrs. Anna Kavana Bais, Secretary for the Department of Community Affairs and Religion, to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.

The Ombudsman Commission conducted an investigation and gave Mrs. Bais an opportunity to be heard on all the allegations against her. Mrs. Bais responded to all the allegations through a written response and having deliberated on the matter, the Commission has determined that there is a prima facie case that Mrs. Bais has been guilty of misconduct in office. Mrs. Bais was served a notice, pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership (Organic Law), of the Commission’s intention to refer the matter to the Public Prosecutor for his independent deliberations under Section 177(1)(b) of the Constitution and if the Public Prosecutor so decides, he will prosecute the matter before an independent tribunal established under Section 28(1)(g) of the Constitution and Section 27(7) of the Organic Law. The allegations against Mrs. Bais are centered on alleged breaches of Section 27 of the Constitution and the relevant provisions of the Organic Law and the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.

Photo: Mrs. Bais, Secretary for the Department of Community Affairs and Religion (sourced fromdfcd.gov.pg)

November 9, 2020