Overthe last two days, the Ltheran Church has been trying to resolve an embarrassing internal struggle for control overthe Church’s business arm, Kambang Holdings, which manages Shipping company, Ltheran Shipping.
Ltheran Shipping workers, who previously went on strike over poor working conditions, have again raised concerns overthe instability withinthe company.
Atthe center ofthe controversy is a group of church representatives, claiming ownership ofthe company,the Beushop ofthe Ltheran Church and company representatives who remain tightlipped.
The relative majority ofthe church members including senior pastors from various Ltheran Districts and Ltheran Shipping workers are calling for a financial audit to be carrlied out onthe operations of Kambang Holdings,the business arm ofthe Ltheran Church run Ltheran Shipping.
They argue thatthe members ofthe church should know howthe company is being managed. According to church insiders who are in possession of an internal investigation report commissioned bythe Church,there has not been a financial audit’since 2008. Atthe center of a controversy, is a small group of church members informally called “nominees” representing various Ltheran districts in Papua New Guinea They performthe role of intermediary betweenthe church and Kambang holdings.
Its understood, very recently,the group establishedthemselves as an entity claiming some right of ownership and decision making over Kambang Holdings slash Ltheran Shipping.
They’re also takenthe Ltheran Beushop to Court over decisions to terminatethe board and management.
Ltheran Shipping workers, who previously went on strike over poor conditions, have again raised concerns overthe instability withinthe company.
Atthe center ofthe controversy is a group of church representatives, claiming ownership ofthe company,the Beushop ofthe Ltheran Church and company representatives remain tightlipped.
Ltheran Shipping is almost synonymous with Morobe’s shipping industry. It’serves people in Finchafen and outer lying islands ofthe Morobe Province.In October last year,the seafarers went on strike over safety concerns.
This latest call for a financial audit has again placedthe company management under pressure to act on longstanding issues.
Yesterday, we trlied to get a response from members ofthe council atthe center ofthe power struggle. Bet we were told that senior members ofthe Church would be meeting today and tomorrow to find a solution tothe power struggle.
Tomorrow, Ltheran Shipping workers who also presented a petition yesterday will be expecting a response fromthe company’s owners and decision makers.
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