Vanuatu daily news digest | Natuman Gov’t lodges motionPosted: November 21, 2014
You must buy Daily Post today. The news sounds exactly like a return to the politics of the ‘Seventies which brought us our Independence. Strong Prime Minister Natuman and DPM Lini have lodged the motion alleging bribery against the weak Opposition Leader Carcasses who seems only able to bring the Opposition together by offering huge sums of money and the 15 Opposition MP who have cravenly accepted the VT 14.5 million paid into their accounts. Natuman and Lini want them all suspended from Parliament for a period until after the First Ordinary Session next year which will mean, Post calculates, 13,000 voters losing their representation for this time. I would have though it might mean many more, but so be it, that’s what comes of voting for those of no substance. The Leadership Code quite clearly states "A leader must not corruptly ask for or receive, agree to ask for or obtain, or offer any money, property or other benefit or advantage of any kind, for himself or herself or another person or body in exchange for his acts or omissions as a leader being influenced in any way, either directly or indirectly." This is bribery. Post points out what was paid into Carcasses’ ANZ account and cheques being drawn for one million vatu on it for MPs whose names are given. Carcasses on page 1 of this week’s Independent quite clearly indicates the money is to ensure support of his Greens. This is indeed bribery. The PM’s Office has issued complaints to the Police and these are being investigated. Criminal charges will be laid. The venality and stupidity of some of our democratically appointed persons is colossal in such a small country where we should all know our leaders.