By REBECCA KUKU
OPPOSITION Leader Belden Namah has called on police to arrest everyone involved in the purchasing of the two diesel generators from Israel in 2014 – including then finance minister James Marape.
Namah said only Peter O’Neill, the prime minister at the time, had been arrested.
He is now facing one count of abuse of office, one count of official corruption and one count of misappropriating K50 million of public funds.
O’Neill was arrested last Saturday at the Jackson Airport on his return from Australia.
He was granted bail during a special court sitting on Saturday.
Marape, now the prime minister, said this week he would not stop police from arresting anyone including himself when investigating matters of public concern.
He said he would explain in court, as a State witness, his role in the K50m saga.
Namah said the six-year investigation “into a simple process and procedural matter and the arrest of a single high-profile person who was the immediate former prime minister speaks of political motivation and interference”.
He said it was public knowledge that he had lodged the complaint in 2014 against the purchase of the two diesel generators from Israel for K50 million (later revised upwards to K94 million).
“That was six years ago, but no action was taken against O’Neill or any of the individuals involved until last weekend,” Namah said.
“And only O’Neill has been arrested.
“What about all the persons, public or private, who were involved in the transaction?”
Namah said Marape, as the finance minister then, had signed the Section 61 instrument “which set aside the normal procurement procedures”.
“If that is so, then he is a definite person of interest who has a paper trail on this case.
“He ought to be arrested and questioned as well,” Namah said.
Namah called on the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to arrest and charge Marape.