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July 31, 2021
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Polye on Warrant

Minister for Treasury, Don Polye, lashed out at the media this afternoon for stirring up claims of a warrant of arrest on the Prime Minister, the Minister for Finance, James Marape and himself.

At parliament house this afternoon, Minister Polye urged journalists to report fairly and without favor. He lectured the media on ethical and responsible reporting and denied their involvement in the issuance of the K7.1 million legal fee to law firm, Paraka lawyers, that had led to this alleged warrant.

 

He said he would rather concentrate on implementing the massive K15.2 billion National Budget this year.

 

He was referring to the recent saga on the warrant of arrest raised by the opposition leader which hit headlines on local media and social media networks.

 

The minister again denied claims of playing a part in the payout to Paraka lawyers which had led to the alleged warrant.

 

He lectured journalists to investigate such claims thoroughly prior to disseminating the information to the public.

 

He said sensitive issues as such as this must not be taken lightly by media organizations as they play a big part in nation building, the economy and investor confidence.

 

In the meantime, investigations continue to authenticate the letter alleged to be written by the Prime Minister giving directions to the Finance Department to release the funds.

 

Investigation Task Force Sweep Chairman, Sam Koim, in a statement earlier this week, said they have searched all avenues for the original copy of the letter without success.

 

This letter is the subject of the bench warrants obtained to arrest the Prime Minister and the 2 cabinet ministers.

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