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A national leader allegedly used donated building materials in his village

A national leader allegedly used donated building materials in his village
A national leader allegedly used donated building materials in his village
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EU was one of the first organizations to be in the field after Cyclone Pam to evaluate damages. Image Credit: European Commission DG ECHO

There are allegations that some building materials and water tanks being donated by European Union after cyclone Pam in 2015 have been diverted from their original purpose and all landed on an island of Vanuatu.

The interesting story behind this donation made as relief supply after cyclone Pam, is that the building materials, including 20 tons of cement, and water tanks have been supplied to help communities as part of reconstruction and setting up of water system. Instead, a man who was a senior civil servant at that time sent the building materials and tanks to his home island.
The tanks were distributed to households and a new house belonging to the senior public servant has been erected allegedly from the building materials, reports said.
A man who spoke to Vila Times on condition of anonymity said some people in the community started to react when they realized that the building materials have not gone to them for private use. “But it was too late as the new house has been already built. We heard later that all these materials and water tanks have been donated by European Union,” the source said.
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