Nepotism Concerns In Papua New Guinea Public Service Appointments

Allegations of nepotism in Papua New Guinea’s public service appointments have surfaced, with concerns raised about government ministers favoring relatives for senior positions. Minister Niningi defended his nephew’s representation of the State, stating it was permissible. Opposition Leader Tomuriesa criticized the appointment of Debra Sungi, daughter of a minister, as acting CEO. Tomuriesa also questioned the use of Niningi’s nephew as an outside lawyer, citing concerns of nepotism and transparency. Calls were made for public service appointments to be based on merit and transparency.

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