30 Jul 2018

TI in PNG calls out MPs crossing floor to secure funding

From , 5:04 am on 30 July 2018

Transparency International in Papua New Guinea says MPs crossing the floor and claiming they are doing so to secure funding for their electorates is out of order.

So far this month, the governor of Western Province, Taboi Awi Yoto, Maprik MP John Simon and Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro have crossed the floor to join the government's ranks.

All three claimed they wanted to ensure their electorates would receive government's financial support.

Transparency International's spokesman in PNG Lawrence Stephens told Don Wiseman that if the MPs accepted money to change sides it would amount to an inducement and that is a criminal act.  

Lawrence Stephens of Transparency International PNG.

Lawrence Stephens of Transparency International PNG. Photo: Loop PNG