Friday, September 02, 2011

Tkatchenko denies receiving funds from NCDC

PNG Gardener Justin Tkatchenko has denied allegations that he has received millions of kina from the National Capital District Commission through his association with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, The National reports.
The alleged financial benefits were contained in a purported internal audit report circulated on the internet via the blog.
Tkatchenko told a day-long media conference, organised by NCDC at the Bluff Inn Hotel outside Port Moresby on Wednesday, that the K3 million he was paid last year were "for projects that were carried out through cooperation between the public and private sectors".
"The projects were not to create revenue but a service to the people," Tkatchenko said in the presence of Parkop and other senior City Hall officials.
He also gave a power-point presentation on the NCDC mini parks and courts, water fountain, water slide and zoo and animal farm projects that the internet report had cited in its alleged audit report.
According to the internet audit report, no quotation was provided for any of the projects and there was no tender advertised or accepted.
It claimed all the payments were made out to Kitoro No.33 Ltd and PNG Gardener.
A company search listed the directors of Kitoro No.33 as Justin Wayne Tkatchenko and Catherine Jane Tkatchenko.
Its sole shareholder was Catherine Jane Tkatchenko, who was also listed as the secretary.
Both companies share the same office space on the fifth floor of Defens Haus in downtown Port Moresby.
However, Tkatchenko denied receiving the K3 million as claimed.
Parkop, on the other hand, said he had no common interest with Tkatchenko and his companies.
He said he only knew the PNG Gardener when Tkatchenko won the parks and garden outsourcing contract.
"Neither of my immediate family is interested in Tkatchenko's family and his businesses.

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