Claiming state assets is crime, says Mori

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IT is a crime for parliamentarians to claim and own vehicles and other properties bought using public funds after they lose elections, Chuave MP Wera Mori says.
Mori, who is also Vice Minister for Mining, said such a practice was uncalled for and as a leader, he was duty bound to uphold the rule of law and protect state properties against such practices.
Mori told a media conference in Port Moresby yesterday that two vehicles purchased at the cost of more than K240,000 in 2010 from Chuave District Service Improvement Programme (DSIP) funds were never released to the district.
“On Nov 17, a government cheque number 706448 totalling K240,812 was raised by Chuave district administration and paid to Ela Motors in Goroka.
“Two Toyota Land Cruisers purchased from the district services improvement programme funds were stolen and concealed by thieves at the Ela Motors showroom in Goroka.
He said the vehicles were now in the possession of a former MP’s son and he has raised a complaint with Goroka police to investigate.
“This is totally uncalled for.”

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