21 Jun 2014

Dismissal a smokescreen - PNG's Kua

5:37 am on 21 June 2014

Papua New Guinea's sacked Attorney General says his dismissal is just a smokescreen to divert attention away from controversy surrounding the Prime Minister's arrest warrant.

Kerengua Kua was fired on Thursday by Peter O'Neill, who said the top lawyer spoke out publicly against the government's latest constitutional amendments.

Jamie Tahana reports.

"Kerenga Kua says his sacking was designed to mislead and distract the public from controversy that has plagued the Prime Minister since Monday. This past week has seen an arrest warrant seved on the Prime Minister over his alleged role in illegal payments to a law firm as a result of an investigation by the anti-corruption unit Task Force Sweep.

In response, Mr O'Neill moved to disband the unit and fired several senior government ministers and police officers.

Mr Kua says the Task Force Sweep team had done an excellent job at exposing high-level corruption in PNG, and says it seems that when someone does an excellent job in his country, they get sacked."