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Petition O’Neill government to fight corruption

By Michael Wartovo PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 21, 2010) – Women in East New Britain (ENB) submitted two petitions to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill during his one-day visit to the province last Thursday.

Women groups, led by the Women Against Corruption advocate group, started marching from the Vunamami United Church grounds to the Kokopo Market to deliver their petitions to O’Neill upon his arrival from Rabaul Town after officially opening the Mataure microfinance building in the Rabaul District.

The two petitions contained their views on the fight against corruption, and for the National Government to grant full autonomy to ENB.

Women’s representative Bungtabu Brown firstly acknowledged the new government under the regime of the current government for establishing the Task Force Sweep.

Speaking to more than 1,000 women, Mrs. Brown said the women of ENB totally supported the fight against corruption in the country.

Brown thanked O’Neill on behalf of all women for accepting the two petitions. She also acknowledged the government for announcing free education for next year.

In responding to the women’s petitions, O’Neill assured the women groups that he would make sure these were brought up in parliament for further deliberation.

He also acknowledged Rabaul MP and Attorney- General Dr. Allan Marat, ENB Governor Leo Dion and Gazelle MP Malachi Tabar for their fight against corruption.

O’Neill said on Nov 22 the government would set up a commission of inquiry into the public sector to probe allegations of misappropriation and corruption.

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