By JEFFREY ELAPA
THE week-old government has started its war on corruption and unlawful appointments of departmental heads by revoking appointments of three heads of departments, The National reports.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told reporters yesterday that Chief Secretary Margaret Elias, Finance Secretary Gabriel Yer and acting Southern Highlands provincial administrator Lawrence Olkoben have been replaced by Manasupe Zurenuoc, Seven Gibson and William Powi.
He said the three replacements had vast public service experiences as provincial administrators, deputy secretary and secretary of different departments.
Zurenuoc was a former Morobe administrator, one of the longest serving administrators while Gibson was a former Milne Bay administrator.
Powi, who holds a masters in public policy and administration, was also a former deputy secretary and director of policy with the Department of Prime Minister before being appointed Southern Highlands administrator during the state-of-emergency in 2006.
He will be acting for a period of three months until a permanent appointment is made.
Zurenuoc was the acting chief secretary before Elias took over while Gibson was the deputy secretary operation with Finance Department.
O'Neill said for good governance and implementation of good transparent governance, the cabinet had decided to revoke the appointment of the three former heads.
He said Yer was sidelined because of on-going misuse and mismanagement of finance while the appointment of Elias and Olkoben were done contrary to the appointment processes, bypassing all public service appointment procedures.
He said his first task was to fight corruption and restore confidence in the public service machinery at the provincial and nation level.
Powi, when contacted, said justice had prevailed and credit should go to the government for following due processes and it would restore confidence among public servants and the public.