The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that the State’s arrears, debts owed to suppliers of goods and services, were a noose around the nation’s financial neck.

“And the noose is tightening,” Sir Mekere said.

“The National Court’s decision to order the State to pay K110 million to Nambawan Super so it can pay public servants who have retired but not received their superann...

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that the International Monetary Fund Article IV Summary Report was a timely wake-up call for the Government, and that he hoped the Supplementary Budget to be brought down in Parliament this sitting would deal with the issues raised.

He said the Supplementary Budget should be the start of a long journey to repair the Budget and public...

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today he was astounded to hear news of the O’Neill Government’s fire sale of its shares in Oil Search at a loss of more than a billion kina.

“We always knew that this illegal deal between the Prime Minister, Oil Search and Union Bank of Switzerland was a bad deal, a bad investment and a bad use of public money,” he said. “But we never knew...

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today the current trip by the board of the Bank of Papua New Guinea to the Federated States of Micronesia is an outrage.

The former Prime Minister said he cannot understand why the board could not meet in Port Moresby, to save money at a time when the Government and country had severe cashflow problems and shortages of foreign exchange.

“Ca...

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that claims made on EMTV by failed Moresby North-West candidate Lohia Boe Samuel that he had avoided service of an election petition were completely untrue.

Sir Mekere said he noticed Mr Samuel at the Yacht Club after lunch on Tuesday 19 September.

“I was standing in open view on the footpath, talking to a friend, for at least 5 minut...

The former Prime Minister and Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that Sam Basil’s decision to move to Peter O’Neill’s Government, along with other MPs from the Alliance, was extremely disappointing.

“This was the last thing I thought would happen when I asked my colleague Independent MPs to join Pangu Pati,” Sir Mekere said.

“Of course I respect the decision by the individ...

Papua New Guinea is sick and tired of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s constant frustration, misuse and abuse of legal processes.

“What is Mr O’Neill’s problem,” former Prime Minister and MP for Moresby North-West Sir Mekere Morauta asked.

“He has gone to the most extraordinary lengths to avoid having a conversation with the Fraud Squad on a significant corruption matter, the investigation into which...

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should just hand himself in to police instead of abusing the legal system any more, former Prime Minister and Member for Moresby North-West Sir Mekere Morauta said today.

“Enough is enough. Judge Collin Makail’s words are crystal clear: the arrest warrant is not reviewable,” Sir Mekere said. “The request to overturn it by the Police Commissioner is ‘an abuse of process’...

Further to my media release this morning exposing the appalling lies being spread by the Prime Minister, I now report that he is backing them up with violence.

Shortly after I released my public statement, Peter O’Neill’s armed goons attacked my aides at Port Moresby airport and damaged my vehicle.

These thugs, including heavily armed Mobile Squad policemen, are the same ones who, with the failed PN...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today called on the Member-elect for Ialibu-Pangia to cease his personal attacks and focus on policies for the formation of Government.

“Peter O’Neill cannot help himself, it appears,” Sir Mekere said. “His personal hatred and malice towards anyone who dares to expose his shortcomings seem to override the responsibilities he has to the nation as a potential...

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