By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) will not hesitate to take the national government to court if it fails to pay its outstanding grants.
President, Chief Dr. John Momis, says the national government, for too long, has breached the Bougainville Peace Agreement by not honouring its commitment.
Momis’ warning comes following huge cuts for the Autonomous Bougainville Government in the 2016 National Budget.
According to Chief Momis, the national government owes the ABG K635 million, mainly in restoration and development grants.
Despite repeated requests, grants have not been paid and President Momis warned the ABG will have no other option but take the national government to court.
“The ABG badly needs these funds; it’s constitutionally and lawfully belongs to the people of Bougainville,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Momis described the 2016 National Budget cut as a killer to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
This will affect the ABG Budget as well.