20 Sep 2010

Papua New Guinea MP assaulted by angry constituents

4:18 pm on 20 September 2010

Papua New Guinean villagers have assaulted their MP, Pitom Bombom, on his first visit to their area in Gulf Province since 2007 for allegedly lying to them.

Local newspapers say the MP for Kerema was attacked by a mob of 300 men and women, using stones and sticks and accusing him of failing to deliver the area basic services.

Mr Bombom is reported to have suffered a spear wound in the back.

The Kaintiba local level government president Jerry Yeninga told the newspaper, The National, that they were angry with the MP for lying and providing no services.

He had returned to his home to celebrate PNG's 35th Independence Day.