NOOSA – Following his exposure of Peter O’Neill’s efforts to evade arrest on allegations of corruption, Papua New Guinea police minister Bryan Kramer says he has been subjected to a barrage of social media smears from supporters of the former prime minister.
In a Facebook post entitled ‘Desperate times calls for desperate measures’, Mr Kramer yesterday hit back at people he called “O’Neill loyalists” who he said had decided to avoid the real issue of the allegations against O’Neill.
“I’ve yet to see a response from O'Neill himself, his publicist Christopher Hawkins or those loyalists who typically hide behind fake Facebook profiles spreading fake news,” Mr Kramer said.
Instead he claimed they has published “nonsensical posts” asking about what is termed Kramer’s “relationship to a foreign suspected mole with diplomatic immunity”.
Mr Kramer identified a photo circulated on Facebook as that of Dr Chakriya Bowman, who is not a subversive agent but operates in the more sedate role of economics counsellor at the Australian High Commission.
The photo has been inexpertly doctored in an attempt to picture Mr Kramer and Dr Bowman alone in a motor vehicle.
Mr Kramer said the photo, taken during an official visit to Madang, had been “mischievously cropped” to remove images of other people who had also been seated in the vehicle.
Amongst other things, Dr Bowman is responsible for implementing Australia’s seasonal worker program and the Pacific labour scheme.
Mr Kramer said he hoped his explanation would provide an answer to claims of his “relationship to a foreign suspected mole with diplomatic immunity”.
In the way of these things, it probably won’t.
As Mr Kramer suggested, desperate people take desperate measures, and there can be no doubt that O’Neill and his supporters are running on a full tank of desperation at this time as PNG police continue to investigate a number of allegations of past wrongdoing.