Opposition MP Says PNG PM Bribing Parliamentarians Ahead Of No-Confidence Vote

Moving supporters to Alotau camp called illegal enticement by O’Neill 

BY Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 19, 2016) – National Party Leader and Sinasina Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua said yesterday that the PNC-led Government’s enticement of Members of Parliament now camped at Alotau is an act of bribery.

Kua was speaking at a press conference yesterday where all the Opposition MPs including East Sepik Governor Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was attending to give his support.

He reiterated his call that Prime Minister O’Neill was a serial law breaker and that taking all the members to Alotau was a criminal offence.

"You know the balus ticket is a bribe, the pocket allowance is a bribe, the food they are eating down there is a bribe, the hotel rooms they are sleeping in is a bribe, those are enticements, those are acts of bribery, they are all criminal offences, they are undue influences, they are both crimes and they are both misconduct of public office.

"I say this because these seven days was a time to consult with their electorates, their stakeholders, to see how they could arrive at a particular position, that’s time for consultation with the people, with the stakeholders, you have to be visible, you cannot lock yourself in a faraway hotel and make yourself invisible.

"The court has recently reinforced that order by saying that you got to have a seven day break between so it is contempt of court."

Opposition Leader Don Polye also raised the same issue and alleged that this was enticement of members against their will.

"To me I call that enticement," Mr Polye said. "Enticing Members of Parliament into a plane and taking them into Alotau is unnecessary."

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