By Serah Aupong- EM TV, Port Moresby
The petition against the Central Provincial Governor, Kila Haoda by former incumbent Alphonse Moroi has been dismissed.
In handing down the decision this afternoon, Justice Collin Makail said the evidence did not support the allegations of bribery against Haoda.
A court room change at the last minute caused a stir among the crowd who was there to hear the decision first hand. The decision came down to the weight of the evidence presented and it tilted in favour of Governor Haoda.
Counsel representing Governor Haoda, Herman Leahy said after the ruling, that it was a well-deserved decision that was a long time coming. He said now Governor Haoda can concentrate on his job in managing the province.
Observing the proceedings this afternoon was Justice Sir Kina Bona.
After going through the history of the case, Justice Collin Makail handed down the ruling. He highlighted the fact that most of Moroi’s evidence was presented during the cross examination of his witnesses and not supplied as chief evidence and this he said can be viewed as manufactured evidence.
Justice Makail also noted that he was not impressed by the demeanour of the three witnesses in support of Moroi. On the other hand Haoda’s witnesses were impressive, in that they were confident, logical and assertive.