Dion: Be cautious of men with cash

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The National, Wednesday 09th November 2011

EAST New Britain Governor Leo Dion has warned people in the province to be cautious of political leaders dishing out public funds to lure support for the 2012 election.
Dion said the funds dished out were public monies and “no member of parliament” should be publicly commended for what rightfully belonged to the people and which was made available to electorates for community projects.
“People must learn and educate themselves to understand that they have the right to these services and not for members to visit them and lure them with money to win their support for the 2012 election,” Dion said.
He said MPs had made funding pledges and promises and it was their duty to ensure funds were made available for the public.
“It is the right of the people to receive these services as all monies belong to them and not the members of parliament,” he said.
He said MPs were only custodians of funding and must be considerate and fair in the distribution of such funds.
Dion warned communities to be cautious as money alleged to have been misappropriated at the national level was now being used in the province by intending candidates and members of parliament to lure support through indirect campaigns.
He urged people to rally and vote for honest and committed leaders and not “conmen” who could easily manipulate the government system for their own good.