9 Oct 2008

Former Southern Highlands Governor in PNG accuses successor of engineering police activities against

11:18 am on 9 October 2008

The former governor of Southern Highlands province in Papua New Guinea, Hami Yawari, has accused his successor, Anderson Agiru, of running a campaign to discredit him.

Mr Yawari says he's applied for restraining orders against local police and his landlord following a dramatic standoff at his Port Moresby home on Tuesday night.

Police had been called in by the landlord to evict Mr Yawari over alleged unpaid rent of 80 thousand US dollars but the former Governor refused to leave, eventually agreeing through his lawyers to vacate later this week.

Mr Yawari, who is pursuing a legal petition against the 2007 election result in which Mr Agiru defeated him, says the claim of owed rent was cooked up by the Governor who is engineering police harassment against him.

"This, just for the sake of spoiling my name: going to media and getting the police to do.. It's Anderson Agiru who is paying all the expenses of police. He thinks that I will not defeat him in court and I'm saying that no, I will not let it go."