Ex-governor goes into hiding over unpaid bills: NCD police
By CLIFFORD FAIPARIK
A FORMER governor has gone into hiding after allegedly failing to pay thousands of kina in accommodating bills for his supporters at the Tribal Den Hotel in Port Moresby, police said yesterday.
The former governor had booked 10 of his supporters at the hotel between Oct 26 and Nov 27 last year after flying them to Port Moresby from their province to support him in his election dispute case.
Police said he had booked his supporters under his bodyguard’s name. The bodyguard, who is also a police officer attached to the Central police command, has allegedly also gone into hiding.
Police said they had searched in vain for the suspects in known places and tried calling their mobile phones since last Thursday.
Tribal Den’s management told The National that they first billed K26,262 to the ex-governor last Oct 26, then K42,780 last Oct 31, K23,460 last Nov 11 and K16,560 last Nov 26.
“The former governor was also billed K450 last Oct 29 for damages done to the motel by the supporters.
“We did order the supporters to leave when we realised that the then governor would not pay when we billed him,” a management staff said.
“But he (former governor) always came in person to assure us that he would foot the bills when he obtained K16 million from his business partners.
“Finally we just ordered the supporters to leave and reported this matter to the police.”