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May 19, 2021

Konivaro Resumes Duty as Clerk of Parliament

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By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

After three years of being suspended and in court, clerk of parliament, Vela Konivaro, has resumed duties. Speaker of Parliament, Job Pomat, officially welcomed Mr. Konivaro and also brushed aside reports of confusion between workers of Parliament.

“We are proud to see the return of Mr. Konivaro, and the decision is from the Court,” said Pomat.

Mr. Konivaro’s resumption follows a National Court Order on April 13 which reinstated him as the clerk. The Speaker also clarified reports of confusion among the staff of parliament as reported in the media. He says the court has spoken and his office will uphold the decision.

Mr. Konivaro was suspended in 2013 following a list of allegations levelled against him. After more than three years in Court, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia handed down a decision last Friday. The Clerk says he is now prepared to take office.

The reinstatement of Mr. Konivaro will see Acting Clerk, Kala Aufa, return to his full-time position as Deputy Clerk.

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