by Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
Kairuku Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo said the additional District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) funds earmarked in the 2015 Budget must be made available to district treasuries.
Following the handing down of the K16.2 billion national budget, an additional K5 million has been allocated on top of the existing K10 million in DSIP funds. The additional funding is for health and educational projects.
Like other districts, Members of Parliament want more funding for their districts. Kairuku Hiri District is no exception; in fact, it is one of the biggest electorates in the country.
Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Isoaimo said the district appealed for more funding in the 2015 national budget. The additional K5 million is a bonus; however, he says it must be readily available in the district.
He also responded to recent comments made by former Member for Kairuku Hiri, Paru Aihi who alleged that the Member was funding police to affect his warrant of arrest relating to allegations of bribery during the 2012 elections. Mr Isoaimo said the police were only performing their duty.
Last week, former Member Paru Aihi was frustrated at media reports that alleged his evasion of a police arrest. The matter is before the courts and Mr Aihi claims the report was biased. He will seek legal advice on the matter as he says the media report encroaches on defamation of his character.