Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Museum boss Mek Kuk sidelined

NATIONAL Museum and Art Gallery director Meck Kuk has been suspended pending investigations into alleged non-performance and mismanagement of funds, The National reports.
His suspension was endorsed by Cabinet last week when it made a number of changes in departmental heads and foreign diplomatic missions.
Kuk’s suspension was published in the national gazette no: G304 on Oct 27, along with other changes in the public service.
Kuk has been replaced by former national Museum and Art Gallery acting director Dr Andrew Moutu, an anthropologist from Wewak, East Sepik, who was teaching at Adelaide University, Australia.
He was recalled to take charge of the institution that has been plagued by poor control since 2004.
The gazettal notice by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio said he appointed Moutu on the advice of NEC and on recommendation from the Minister for Culture and Tourism, Benjamin Philip.
Moutu was appointed to the position “until further notice” effective from Oct 21.
Sir Michael appointed Joe Luma as Works secretary for a second term of four years.
However, Sir Michael suspended Joseph Nobetau as the acting chief migration officer and appointed senior diplomatic officer Mataio Rabura as the acting head of Immigrations effective Oct 21.
Peter Maginde, head of mission to Brussels, is being recalled and replaced by Rima Ravusiro as ambassador to Belgium and the European Union with concurrent accreditation to France.
Former police commissioner Anthony Wagambie has been rewarded with a diplomatic post as ambassador to the Philippines and a former secretary of finance and businessman Rupa Mulina is now the new ambassador to the United States of America, Canada and Mexico.

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