By Colleen Barilae – EM TV , Lae
The National government’s decision to use the military and police to identify illegal power connections and collect outstanding payments owed to PNG Power has drawn serious concerns from the Opposition.
The Deputy Opposition Leader, Sam Basil who spoke in Bulolo said the government’s move to use the disciplinary forces for PNG power’s debt recovery exercise is uncalled for.
“The state of emergency that has been recently declared by NEC to recoup money for PNG power is unconstitutional”, Basil said.
PNG Power has an estimated debt of K130 million.
Last week the state owned enterprise and investment minister, Ben Micah announced the state of emergency.
Under the state of emergency, illegal connections will draw fines of K100, 000 for individuals and K500, 000 for business houses respectively.
The government has allocated 4 million kina for the state of emergency exercise.
The deputy opposition leader said the declaration of a State of Emergency to recoup money on civil matters is uncalled for.
“The Prime Minister has used the situation to allow the military to be at his control and we know that there are confronting times coming up for the prime minister and we must be wary of the motives of the prime minister in declaring the state of emergency”, Sam Basil said.