Posted By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION leader Don Polye has expressed concern about Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s challenge to his referral to the Leadership Tribunal.
“We must respect the independent decisions of constitutional offices of our country,” Polye said.
“The Prime Minister has been saying that he has nothing to hide and welcomes the referral to clear his name.
“He must allow the tribunal to convene and not create legal issues to delay the process further.”
Polye reiterated that the UBS K3 billion loan to buy shares in Oil Search Ltd was not beneficial for Papua New Guinea.
“The loan will increase our debt to unsustainable level and eventually become a burden for our future generations,” he said.
“The Office of the Public Prosecutor was established as part of checks and balances under the three arms of government and their work must be respected.
“It is a very dangerous trend to continue to question our Constitution just to protect one’s interest.”
Polye queried O’Neill’s engagement of a Queen’s Counsel.
“The case against the Prime Minister is personal in nature and has nothing to do with the State of PNG and therefore funds from the State entities should not be used,” he said.
“The Leadership Tribunal will give all the avenues to the Prime Minister to present his case and thus the attempt to file a summons against the PP questions the integrity and the capacity of the Office of the Public Prosecutor.
“Leaders must allow state institutions to operate independently without fear or favour.”
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