Kilman: Only new positions require COM approval

Former Prime Minister Sato Kilman after testifying in Court yesterday. Photo: Glenda Willie

Former Prime Minister (PM), Sato Kilman, said the Council of Ministers (CoM) approves orders made by the PM only when it concerns new positions. Existing positions do not require the approval of PM.

Mr. Kilman served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for 24 years. During those years he occupied several ministerial positions including at one time, the Deputy Prime Minister and on four occasions, he was PM.

Kilman was the 6th witness in the criminal case currently being heard before the court. He was questioned in relation to the perjury charge laid against Salwai. 

The creation of the positions of Parliamentary Secretaries (PS) was made in 2013 under the prime ministership of Kilman. He said he sought legal advice from State Law. The positions of PS were formulated on the basis of the Official Salaries Act, according to former PM Kilman. 

The PS to the Office of the Prime Minister was created at that time. He agreed that that particular decision of CoM approval was never revoked.

He confirmed he was aware of the perjury allegation leveled against the former PM. 

In the sworn statement made by Salwai, he stated that employment of Parliamentary Secretaries was in order of the Prime Minister with the approval from the Council of Ministers (CoM).

According to Kilman, CoM refers only to Salwai's CoM.

MP Samson Samsen and Minister of Justice, Esmon Saimon also appeared before the court yesterday.

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