The news about the Prime Minister’s warrant of arrest went viral on the internet and hit headlines overseas within minutes.
In social media, it sparked mixed emotions of sympathy, anger and curiosity. The news got the whole country talking.
It also made headlines on the midday Australia Network news. In social media, the PNG News page, and Sharp talk were ablaze with speculation.
The comments went into overdrive. Almost everyone wanted the Prime Minister arrested. They called on the PM to surrender to interrogation and prove his innocence.
Others said the PM was an ordinary citizen and should face the full brunt of the law. Some called for more action to be taken to eradicate and punish leaders involved in cases dealing with state money.
On the PNG News page, similar sentiments were shared amongst users. Everyone called for the PM to go through all processes and answer to allegations.
Discussions on social media made examples of the imprisoned Pomio MP, Paul Tiensten’s case. He is serving time in Bomana for misapplying K10 million of district funds.
Citizens and non-citizens on social media said that any individual despite his rank or profile is subject to the national constitution and must be penalized under this law accordingly.
The Prime Minister has always denied the signing of a letter giving directions for Paraka Lawyers to be paid for services rendered.
Task Force Investigations led to the issuance of the warrant of arrest.
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