Posted By Staff Reporter
Following my last article entitled “Will O’Neill Return as Prime Minister?” I noted numerous comments more focused on the question when he will be arrested.
As an issue of immense public interest, understandably, it’s a fair question to ask.
First of all it's important to note - whether someone gets arrested or not is a matter for Police.
So the appropriate authority to answer the question when O'Neill will be arrested in relation to the many corruption allegations leveled against him, again is the Police Force.
If someone were to ask for my opinion on the issue then I would say short answer is sometime in 2020.
It’s public knowledge that O’Neill is accused of being in the center of numerous corruption scandals, namely K71 million Paraka saga, K50 million LR Generators, K3 Billion UBS Loan to name a few. There are actually many more allegations that are being investigated.
So why hasn’t he been arrested and charged over them?
Well, because he has been evading arrest by refusing to avail himself to Police, hiding out in hotel rooms, fleeing the country and filing fake court documents to obtain stay orders.
To-date he has been able to continually avoid arrest due to a dysfunctional and ineffective Police Force. A result of years of neglect and political inference.
So in my view the best means to fight corruption including having O'Neill answer to the allegations against him is to first fix the Police Force.
This includes taking immediate action to restore discipline, ensure sufficient funding as well as address the many welfare issues, including basic entitlements, adequate pay, housing and paying outstanding allowances.
Under the Marape Steven Government there has been significant improvements in the Police Force, it has been the number one issue on the floor of Parliament and even in the media.
2020 will be a blockbuster year for our Police Force as it addresses the many internal issues before coming out to bat in the fight against corruption and addressing the escalating law and order issues around the country.
In response to the claims that I’m somewhat scared of Peter O’Neill?
Well the last time I checked I wasn’t the one hiding out in hotel rooms, back of vehicles or fleeing overseas to avoid arrest.
Food for Thought - those who are innocent will always be too happy to avail themselves to the law to prove their innocence while those who are guilty will always run and hide from it.