BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report | Edited
PORT MORESBY - When will Peter O'Neill be arrested? The appropriate authority to answer the question of when the former prime minister will be arrested to face the many corruption allegations against him is the police force.
But if someone were to ask for my opinion, I would say the short answer is sometime this year.
It’s public knowledge that O’Neill is accused of being at the centre of numerous corruption scandals, including the K71 million Paraka saga, the K50 million LR Generators issue and the K3 billion UBS loan, to name just a few.
There are many more allegations being investigated.
So why hasn’t O'Neill been arrested and charged?
Well, because he has been evading arrest by refusing to avail himself to the police, hiding out in hotel rooms, fleeing the country and filing fake court documents to obtain stay orders.
So he has been able to continually avoid arrest due to a dysfunctional and ineffective police force which is a result of years of neglect and political interference.
In my view, the best means to fight corruption, including having O'Neill answer to the allegations against him, is to first fix the police force.
This includes taking immediate action to restore discipline, ensure sufficient funding as well as address the many welfare issues, including basic entitlements, adequate pay, housing and paying outstanding allowances.
Under the Marape-Steven government there has been significant improvements in the police force and it has been the number one issue on the floor of parliament and in the media.
2020 will be a blockbuster year for our police force as it addresses many internal issues as well as coming out to bat against corruption and addressing escalating law and order issues around the country.
There have been claims that I’m scared of Peter O’Neill?
Well, the last time I checked, I wasn’t the one hiding out in hotel rooms, crouching in the back of vehicles or fleeing overseas to avoid arrest.
People who are innocent will always be happy to make themselves available to the law to prove their innocence.
Those who are guilty will always run and hide.