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Papua New Guinea

Marape warns public servants not to be ‘political agents’

Former finance minister James Marape has warn secretaries of state departments and public servants working in some key departments not to be agents of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in making false promises of issuing millions to MPs under the guise of project funds and district/provincial funds.

“Certain secretary has been texting and calling almost all Members of Parliament on my side at Laguna offering money and this is a very dangerous trend where public servants are now being deployed as agents of politicians,” Mr Marape said yesterday.

“May I say leaders here with me aren’t movable by money; if money was the reason then these honourable leaders, 25 of them, will not be with me because I have never deployed the use of money to move them or keep them the past four weeks as against the millions of state and private funds being offered. So don’t continue those offers as it is an insult to morals of these honourable leaders” Marape says.

“The country is bigger than one person or one tribe; if 49 leaders can stand tall without bowing down to coercion or inducements, it is about time public servants who are running around in broad daylight as agents for Prime Minister O’Neill are warned that they are being watched and relevant agencies like Ombudsman will be informed of your misconducts in office,” said Mr Marape, who is Member for Tari-Pori and leader of Laguna camp.

He confirmed that the opposition had 49 members after losing only Talasea MP Francis Manake to Government ranks since the last sitting of Parliament on May 7.

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