By DULCIE OREKE
NON-governmental organisations (NGO) and civil society partners have started awareness campaigns by staging peaceful demonstrations nationwide against the parliamentarians’ bid to remove the powers of the Ombudsman Commission.
NGO leader and anti-corruption activist Noel Anjo said supporters would be marching to Parliament next Tuesday to present a petition to Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina and the Government.
“Corruption is now promoted, protected and legalised by the Moses Maladina bill,” Mr Anjo said.
He also called for support from the public and other organisations.
“We will ask the Education Department, Public Transport Board and PNG Chamber of Commerce on the day of
the presentation to participate in the march and petition presentation.
“We will also be approaching the police commissioner’s office for their participation to ensure safety is guaranteed to businesses and participants in light of last year’s riot that turned ugly.
“We appeal to the public for plane tickets and other logistics support for a nationwide tour to network the nation on this issue,” Mr Anjo said.
The march follows Parliament’s 83-0 vote to amend section 27 (4) of the Constitution to remove powers of the Ombudsman Commission.