Opposition to face bribery
By Pearson Kolo
THE Government has accused the Opposition of locking up government members in Goroka during the forum on changes to the Oil and Gas Act under tight security and bribing them to join their camp. The Government indicated that it was gathering affidavits from the government MPs who were allegedly locked up and bribed to take the Opposition to court.
We have enough evidence that several of our government MPs were locked up in Goroka during the national forum on rights of national resources with landowners, Acting Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu told a radio talk backshow on Monday night.
Sir Puka claimed the Opposition invited the Government MPs to Goroka, then locked them up under tight security and even bribed them and took them down to Port Moresby on a chartered plane.
Some of the MPs locked up came back to our side and reported it to us (government), Sir Puka said.
But the Opposition said the government MPs joined the Opposition on their own accord as there was already a split in the government.
Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta said last week there was a division already because the MPs were fed up with the current government referring to it as evil, corrupt and a dictatorship.
The Opposition said those MPs from the government who had stood up with them, had done it for the people of this country who were not seeing any basic services reaching them, particularly the rural majority.
More than 11 MPs from the government, particularly back benchers, have moved over to join the Opposition while the Opposition indicated that more have shown their support.