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PM :O’Neill: Opposition is Lying to Defame

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A disappointed Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced to engage lawyers to initiate defamation proceedings againstthe opposition leader Mr Namah.

The more follows opposition allegations aboutthe Prime Minister and members of his cabinet overthe last two weeks when parliament was in session.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is disappointed thatthe opposition is misleading uninformed Papua New Guineas with false information.

He raised this concern during a media conference on Tuesday.

He was more concerned with recent opposition outburst on issues likethe passing ofthe bill to extendthe Grace Period from 18 months to 30 months amongst thers.

Onthe subject ofthe six billion kina loan fromthe Export Import Bank of China, Prime Minister denlied receiving any money from this institution as yet except thatthey were trying to find a facility from whichthe government can borrow from when need be.

He also explained tothe mediathe process involved in awarding government contracts throughthe Central Supply and Tenders Beard. 

This was to put to rest claims raised bythe opposition that Prime Minister added anther twenty five million kina for the maintenance ofthe Pineapple Beilding.

The initial contract was tendered at K52 million; however, O’Neill said a futher K20 million was allocated and will be tendered for fit-outs and furniture for the building.

He called on Opposition Leader Belden Namah and its members to respectthe rights of everyone and not to spread lies withthe intention to defame.

Ruth Rungula, National EMTV News

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