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By Phil-Peers Yombon

* The University of PNG Council has appointed the university's pro-vice chancellor, Dr Cecelia Nembou, 46, as acting vice chancellor of the University while the search for a permanent appointment begins. She will replace outgoing vice chancellor, Dr Rodney Hills, whose resignation takes effect on Friday. She will be the first woman to take up the post, either on an acting or a permanent basis.

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 13, 1999 – The National/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The University of PNG has rejected the resignation of the university's bursar, Weusi Tafawa, and has chosen to sack him instead for alleged mismanagement of university funds, the National reports.

This prompted the university's accounts staff to go on a strike yesterday morning, condemning the action of the University Council.

A source from the university said the accounts staff demanded that Mr. Tafawa, who has been serving the university for the last ten and half years, be reinstated.

They also claimed that the refusal to accept Mr. Tafawa's resignation and sacking was part of the UPNG chancellor and vice chancellor's "witch-hunting and unethical" behavior against him, and not mismanagement as the council claimed.

Mr. Tafawa tendered his resignation on May 4 to the University Council.

The University Council served him a termination of contract notice on Monday this week.

Mr. Tafawa, in his resignation notice on Tuesday last week, claimed that heads of the university had deliberately falsified information against him to the University Council to discredit him.

The accounts staff returned to work later after talks with a senior university administration official.

Title -- 2104 EDUCATION: Staff protest over sacking of UPNG bursar Date -- 14 May 1999 Byline -- Phil-Peers Yombon Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- The National (PNG), 13/5/99 Copyright -- The National Status -- Unabridged

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