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David ArorePETER S KINJAP

THE attempts to kidnap three newly-elected members of parliament in Papua New Guinea are a sign of desperation by People's National Congress leaders.

Failed PNC candidate David Arore (pictured) sought to manhandle the new Ijivitari MP at Port Moresby airport this week in an attempt to kidnap him.

This came as the National Alliance-Pangu group increased the number of politicians opting to join it to form a coalition government when parliament begins next week.

Prime minister Peter O'Neill denied failed PNC MP Arore and other men were acting on behalf of the PNC in the Port Moresby kidnap attempt.

But today there were two further incidents of attempted kidnaps by PNC party elements.

There was an attempted abduction of new MP elect for South Fly, Seki Asiga, when a West Pacific Airlines aircraft owned by Peter O'Neill arrived in Daru to pick him up.

An angry crowd at Daru Airport threatened to stone the plane.

Former prime minister Sir Mekere Morauta and Central Governor Robert Agarobe stopped the kidnap attempt and airlifted Mr Asiga to Port Moresby.

Helicopter allegedly used in Kerowagi kidnappingIn Simbu, the PNG Defence Force used a yellow helicopter and established a road block at Chuave in an effort to detain new Kerowagi MP Bari Palmer.

Pangu leader Sam Basil said if his coalition forms government, he will investigate if Peter O'Neill has been involved in such criminal activities.

Mr Basil expressed anger and frustration about the action of the PNC team.

"The Kerowagi elect MP, Bari Palmer, is a PNG Party MP not PNC," he said.

Mr Basil warns citizens to guard their MPs as soon as they are declared.

"Pangu has suffered casualties and damage to vehicles in the drama," he said.

The yellow helicopter is allegedly owned by Malcolm Kela Smith’s company Pacific Helicopters. Smith was an unsuccessful candidate for the Eastern Highlands regional seat.

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John K Kamasua

Cowboy country!

Philip Kai Morre

kidnapping and violence will produce counter kidding and violence. Not long government ministers and MPs will be kidnapped not by opposition but by the very people who voted them. We voted you to fight corruption and bring development and not to build up your personal wealth.

when the mess of the population are frustrated and our frustrations are build up to an extreme, it will blow up. Government can use army and police to suppress the people but peoples power is much more powerful than guns.

Lindsay F Bond

Reeling: Fun of ‘rollicking boisterous romp’ suits partly.
Reeling: Seri-monial flagging brinks drinks sum partake.
Reeling: Partying pince spinning aligns to take parly-ting.
Reeling: Mass media video nius cuts to advertisers take.
Reeling: Mass demotion, constituencies parted of stake.
Reeling: Biz abuzz, doing due dilligens xpo-sure intake.
Reeling: Tours long air of compound parting awaytake.
Reeling: Run of bullocking roisterous romps over-take.
Reeling: Shirtsfronts nay of smiler not copped undertake.

Philip Fitzpatrick

That's worth watching Jimmy.

Someone should be ready to grab him when he tries to leave with his bag full of money.

Jimmy Awagl

Peter O'Neill a desperate politician. Cry foul over being the Prime Minister and known to be a fugitive in a democratic country. The nation will not be surprise to see his party PNC not to form the next government.
The victory of the Opposition led government will make Peter will leave this country as a fugitive, I guess.

`Daniel Kumbon

Peter O’Neill could be right there have been kidnappings, inducements of large amounts of cash and offers of women to MPs especially newly elects in the past as political parties and their ‘hitman’ attempted to swell numbers to form government.

At least I know of one dramatic incident which I recorded in my book ‘I Can See My Country Clearly Now’.

Newly elected Wabag MP, the late Takai Kapi was abducted at the Jackson’s International airport in 1997.

This incident coupled with a lengthy court battle and the loss of his seat in a subsequent by-election all because his name was not on the electoral roll led to his untimely death.

Kapi had just graduated from the University of PNG, stood for election and won. Then lost and died before he reached the age of 30. New MPs may have always been vulnerable to such heavy-handed tactics.

As Peter Kinjap reports, three attempts to kidnap newly elected MPs shows how common the practice may have been.

Wonder how many of the current MPs will freely talk about their experiences.

It will be interesting to watch how all the independent and one-man party MPs will make their decisions to form the new government on the floor of parliament this week.

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