Kramer Denies Involvement by Opposition

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By Elizah Palme – EMTV Online, Port Moresby 

Madang MP Bryan Kramer has denied any involvement by the Opposition in the unfortunate incident where security forces stormed the Papua New Guinea Parliament on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Speaking to EMTV this afternoon (November 22, 2018), Mr. Kramer responded to Commissioner Baki’s statement alleging Opposition’s involvement in the incident.

He said the Opposition was in a shadow minister caucus meeting to prepare for the budget response at 2pm then, adding that the incident is an issue in relation to the administration of police and not to do with the members of the Opposition.

“While in the meeting, we started hearing doors and windows breaking outside and furniture being smashed.”

Earlier today, Commissioner Baki told the media that there was highly influence politically into the Force that tested the constitution of Papua New Guinea and that those who were involved will be further investigated.

However, Mr. Kramer said, “Any suggestion without any basis of evidence is baseless”.

Mr. Kramer who did a video recording of the damages right after the rampage and posted it on his Facebook account said if the commissioner thinks he got the evidence to the fact, then he should act on it using his constitutional powers.

“If he believes I was involved and his evidence is what I posted on Facebook, he can arrest me, and we’ll go to court and I’ll hold him accountable.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner Baki gave a stern warning that an investigation will be set up and officers involved in the rampage will be charged. For the Opposition, he says if any involvement is found, he will write directly to the Ombudsman Commission for further investigation.

Joanita Nonwo

is a contributor with EMTV Online, specialising in international stories relating to development, environment and gender equality, all within a Papua New Guinean context.

Joanita Nonwo