He has been sentenced, bailed, knighted and now the government house is making a clarification of his knighthood nomination.
In a media statement, Secretary to the Office of the Governor General and Secretary of the National Honours and Awards Council, Tipo Vuatha, says the nomination for the award of Knight Bachelor to Sir Toami Kulunga was deliberated on by the Council months prior to the recent turn of events concerning Sir Toami Kulunga.
Mr. Vuatha said, the award was in recognition of his distinguished service to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as a senior officer for thirty years and as Police Commissioner.
The secretary to the Office of the Governor General, Tipo Vuatha, clarified that the nomination for the award for Sir Toami Kulunga was made months in advance, was granted by the Queen and announced in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours and Awards list. It was also published in the London Gazette in London.
The Honours and Awards Committee, after collecting and deliberating the nominees of these awards, provides a list and makes recommendations to the Prime Minister for his consideration and deliberation.
The Prime Minister then forwards the list advising the Governor General, who then endorses it before it is sent to Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty the Queen for final approval.
The approved list from London is sent back to the Office of the Governor General for publication and public announcement at a date set by Buckingham Palace.
The Office of the Governor General then makes a public announcement of the approved list of recipients. The approved list was embargoed till the award day.
Mr. Vuatha said, the Governor General does not deliberate on the list of recipients for the awards.
Hence public conception on the contrary is both misleading and disrespectful to the Head of State.
Mr. Vuatha also stated that queries regarding the awards and nominations should be directed to the Honours and Awards Secretariat of which Sir Frederick Reiher is Chairman.
The Council is made up of distinguished and long-serving Papua New Guineans both in the public and private sectors whose task is to meet and deliberate on the nominations for the awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Mr. Vuatha said, depending on the outcome of the case concerning Sir Toami Kulunga, Buckingham Palace will be advised accordingly. The actual awarding ceremony will take place in either October or November.
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