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“BASIL RESPONSE TO PM ARREST” – Scott Waide

 

Deputy Opposition leader Sam Basil says the Prime Minister should respond appropriately to the warrant of arrest or risk a split in the disciplinary forces. Speaking from Lae late this afternoon, he said Papua New Guinea cannot risk another impasse as was the case during the Somare-led government.
 

He said the PM should do the right thing and appoint a caretaker before the country is thrown into chaos. 

 


 

 “OLIPAC LAW PROVISION” – Bridgette Komatep

 

Country Party President, Nelson Duwabane, has commended the review of the Organic Law on The Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates. He has, however, decried the provision relating to the continuous election of another MP from the same party using Section 145 of the Constitution.

 

Mr Duwabane said a Prime Minister of the same party defeats the purpose of a no confidence vote.

 

The no confidence vote is against the leader of the ruling party and is effectively against the party.

 

He further clarified that it’s a vote against the whole party and its policies and management and serves no purpose, and should not have been inserted into the amendments.

 


 

“LAWYER COMMENTS ON O’NEILL ARREST WARRANT” – Bridgette Komatep

 

A State Lawyer, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was a normal procedure for a suspect to front up at the Police Fraud Squad Unit for questioning.

 

In this case, he says, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was issued a warrant of arrest relating to the Paul Paraka case.

 

He said that the normal procedure is for a suspect to be questioned, and if there is enough evidence to prove him guilty, then he will be arrested.

 

However, the State Lawyer maintained that the Fraud Squad Unit always conduct thorough investigations and will issue a warrant of arrest based on substantive evidence and investigation.

 

The State Lawyer said there is nothing for the Prime Minister’s lawyers to negotiate; however, they may get court orders to put a stop to the warrant of arrest.

 


 

 “SEPIK HYDRO” – Edwin Fidelis

 

PNG Power says there is a possibility of an electricity overload in the East Sepik province in the next few years. The Momase and Highlands Regional Manager for PNG Power, Martin Bigiglen, says a proposed hydro power station must be built to address the frequent power blackouts in the East Sepik Province. His comments come as East Sepik Province opens its doors to resource development projects. 

 


“FIFA WORLD CUP UPDATES” – Jeremy Mogi

Following Day Four of the tournament, Switzerland had another low scoring affair with Ecuador, while France and Argentina were convincing victors.

 

These results place the World Cup in a far more open mood than ever.

 

Brazil, as expected, top group A, as The Netherlands and Chile are in the top two in Group B, while Colombia narrowly lead group C.

 

Costa Rica are surprise leaders in Group D and France are ahead in Group E.

 

The next matches will see Iran take on Nigeria, Ghana up against a strongly supported U.S. team, and Christiano Ronaldo will captain Portugal against Germany.

 


 

“BUK BILONG PIKININI EXPANDS TO MANUS” – Quinton Alomp

 

Young children living in the ward five communities in Lorengau, Manus province, will soon have access to a new library. Buk bilong Pikinini will open its first library this Thursday, located at the Manus University Centre. 

 

This is part of Buk bilong Pikinini’s mission to put a strong focus on Early Childhood Learning as a key to literacy rates.

 

This will be Buk bilong Pikinini’s 16th library in PNG since their beginnings in 2007. Buk bilong Pikinini Founder, Anne-Sophie Hermann, thanked BSP, the Manus Island District Administration and all donors for the contribution to library’s establishment.

 

So far 30 young children have been enrolled to attend.

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