Madang MP Bryan Kramer Dismissed from Office

The Leadership Tribunal has handed down its ruling on the penalty for Hon. Bryan Kramer, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madang.

The Tribunal found Hon. Kramer guilty of seven counts of misconduct in office, which were categorized into two main categories. Category 1 counts related to Hon. Kramer’s Facebook publications that scandalized the judiciary, insinuating a conflict of interest by the Chief Justice and accusing Peter O’Neill and his lawyer of soliciting the assistance of the Chief Justice and submitting a fabricated document to mislead the Court that the warrant of arrest was defective. Category 2 counts related to the decisions of the Madang District Development Authority Board in the application of the District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) Funds.

The Tribunal recommended a penalty of dismissal from office for counts 1 and 2 and a fine of K2,000 for each of the remaining 5 counts, a total fine of K10,000.00. Hon. Kramer’s dismissal from office was expected based on the Tribunal’s finding of guilt on the seven counts on 21 February 2023.

Hon. Kramer has stated that he is already working on an appeal to challenge both the verdict and penalty in the National Court. He believes that the process may take three to six months, if not longer. If unsuccessful in the National Court, he can appeal to the Supreme Court.

Hon. Kramer stated that he remains resolved in the fight against corruption and will continue to inform the public on issues of national importance or expose high-level corruption. He sees the Tribunal’s decision as the calm before the storm.

The decision recommending Hon. Kramer’s dismissal from the office will be delivered to the Governor General (GG), who will adopt the Tribunal’s recommendation to dismiss him from office. The GG’s decision will be gazetted and take effect, at which point Hon. Kramer will no longer be a Member of Parliament. However, there have been cases where decisions of a Tribunal have been reviewed and overturned in the higher courts.

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