Polye wants anti-rot body set-up hastened

Opposition leader, Don Polye wants answers on the delay in set-up of ICAC. Why is the Prime Minister not prioritising to rid corruption?

Where is the K20 million if there is no Task Force Sweep?

Opposition leader, Don Polye. Picture courtesy of fijitv.

Source: The National

Opposition leader Don Polye has called on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to explain why it is taking so long to set up the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

He also wants to know how the K20 million allocated to set it up has been spent. Polye said O'Neill had shown that he was not interested in fighting corruption.

"So far, his conduct has been so evident that he has no enthusiasm. He will not fight it. He has not done anything, and corruption continues to rise and flourish in PNG," Polye said.

"The prime minister's sarcasm in fighting against corruption is very obvious and it is a very sad experiene for PNG when corruption is permeating into the fabric of our society, affecting economic development, affecting the future of our children, affecting the well-being of our people."

He said O'Neill had promised the establishment of ICAC immediately after the 2012 general elections.

"To our disappointment, after three years, the prime minister has done nothing," he said.

Polye said the Government had budgeted K20 million to establish ICAC in 2014 and supported Investigation Task Force Sweep.

"ICAC is supposed to be established under the office of the Prime Minister. But now that there is no support to both ICAC and Task Force Sweep, where is the K20 million?" he said