Court Orders Reinstatement of Roy Kamen as Lae City Manager

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By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae

The District Court in Lae has ordered for the reinstatement of Roy Kamen, as the duly-appointed City Manager for Lae.

The court on Tuesday dismissed an order, which was filed by Acting Provincial Administrator, Gioving Bilong, and the Morobe provincial government as the complainants.

It (court) ruled in favor of Mr Kamen stating that the “court proceedings were baseless and doesn’t have any serious value.”

The court has also ordered that Kamen be allowed to perform and undertake all duties and responsibilities as the Lae city manager.

In an interview with EMTV, he says the allegations made against him didn’t point out which sections of the public service act he had breached.

Kamen says he is happy with the judicial system for allowing him to take office and sort the many outstanding issues in the city council.

Early last year, the Acting Morobe Provincial Administrator, Gioving Bilong, sidelined Kamen for alleged mismanagement and misuse.

Mr Bilong appointed Lae District Administrator, Robin Calistus, as the Acting City Manager.

In October, the Public Service Commission reappointed Roy Kamen, however Gioving Bilong went ahead and appointed another senior City Council staff to act as the city manager.

Kamen says despite the PSC directive, the Acting Provincial administrator went on to take an ex parte order, preventing him from entering office.

Meanwhile, the Lae City Council as the municipal authority has a backlog of issues that are yet to be addressed, like law and order and rubbish collection.

Mr Kamen was due to take the office on Tuesday, however he will commence on Thursday.

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