The National, Monday 26th March 2012
AN audit report on the National Gaming Control Board tabled in Parliament last week shows 18 contractors and consultants have been paid more than K7 million, while K45 million remains unaccounted for.
The report, tabled by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, says the Garamut-related companies received more than K39,399,182, while millions of kina were reported to have been made to several shops in Western Highlands province.
Among a number of shops named in the report was Chemica, which sells agriculture supplies.
Among the 18 contractors and consultants, Elemi Lawyers were paid more than K3,830,792 while Hudson Ramatlap was paid K105,400.
The report says Elemi Lawyers were paid thousands of kina every month from 2008 to 2011.
The report says the law firm received eight to 10 different payments at one time for the past 36 months for unexplained reasons.
For example, on April 30, 2010, 12 payments were made to him while on May 31, the firm received 10 payments.
Another consultant Nat Koleala received more than K617,552, while Elma Koleala was paid K30,000.
Others named were Deken Ltd K187,000, Haro Mekere K187,000, Amon Consultants, K418,872, Philip Tiki K310,000 Ami Construction Ltd K212,000, PNG Counselling Services Ltd K390,000, Mag Media Ltd K343,000, Mel Marketing Consultant K203,400 and Nasyl No. 67 Ltd K125,000.
Others were paid less than K100,000.