Sunday May 24, 2020
Prime Minister, James Marape, has assured the nation that work of police would not be impeded by him as Prime Minister in the face of many allegations that criss-cross many persons, including himself over the many outstanding matters that are of public concern.
Mr Marape made this statement, in light of a purported copy of Section 61 instrument being released into public domain, claiming he was a ‘player’ in the purchase of two generators worth K50 million from an Israeli company.
Former Prime Minister and Member for Ialibu – Pangia, Peter , was also arrested yesterday afternoon at the Jackson’s International Airport in Port Moresby by police over his alleged role in the purchase of the two generators.
Mr Marape said, “Finance Ministers sign Section 46(b) of the IPBC Act and Section 61 of the PFM Act based on requests from State Agencies including SOEs and are always amongst the last in the chain of the approval process.
“I will offer my statements as Witness of State, just like I am doing for the UBS Saga and I would like to inform the country that never will I use the office of PM to stop or encourage Police from doing their constitutional duties,” he said.
On other corruption fronts, Mr Marape encourage citizens and residents at all levels to use protections such as the Whistle Blowers Act, that Parliament passed last year and start to report and assist prosecute corruptions.
“In this June Parliament sitting, we will get the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) third and final reading passed so a specialized corruption fighting institutions can be established by law.
“Many governments of the past had promised but my government will deliver on it,” Mr Marape says.