Public Report on the misconduct of Minister Demis Lango February 3, 1998 - Emalus Campus



Public Report on the misconduct of Minister Demis Lango February 3, 1998

98-02

During the evening of July 25, 1997, the Minster of Civil Aviation, Telecommunication, Postal Services and Meteorological Services, Demis Lango went to the offices of the Ministry of Agriculture where he joined another man and three women.  Mr. Lango began drinking, became intoxicated and, during the course of the night, had sex with two of the women in the office premises.  One of the women alleged that she was forced to have sex by Mr. Lango.

The Ombudsman found that the behaviour of Mr. Lango breached the Leadership Code in that he demeaned his office and position as an Member of Parliament, Minister and leader.
Recommendations

       That Mr. Largo not be appointed as a Minister of State in the future.

       That the Prime Minister write a letter of reprimand to Mr. Largo.

       That the Public Prosecutor investigate possible criminal offences committed by Mr. Largo.

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Written by Edward R. Hill
UNDP Governance and Accountability Project
January, 2001
Van/97/001
Ombudsman of Vanuatu
Published here by University of the South Pacific, School of Law Web Site - www.vanuatu.usp.ac.fj






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