7 Aug 2009

PNG Govt accuses opposition of locking up and bribing gov MPs in Goroka

6:13 am on 7 August 2009

Papua New Guinea's Government has accused the Opposition of locking up government members in Goroka during the recent forum on changes to the Oil and Gas Act security and bribing them to join their camp.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the Government indicated it was gathering affidavits from the government MPs who were allegedly locked up under tight security and bribed, in order to take the Opposition to court.

The Acting Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu claims the government has evidence that some of its members were locked up against their will in order for the opposition to seal their support.

The Goroka talks preceded a move by the opposition to launch a motion of no-confidence against the government after it claimed dozens of disgruntled government MPs had joined them in a bid to remove the Somare-led administration.

However the Opposition says government MPs joined the Opposition of their own accord as there was already a split in the government.