The National, Friday 02nd December 2011
By JEFFREY ELAPA
NATIONAL Parliament Speaker Jeffery Nape has denied receiving K15 million as claimed recently by former attorney-general Sir Arnold Amet.
Nape, through his chief of staff Joe Bulage, said he had no knowledge of any payment made to him and called on Sir Arnold to reveal details of the payment.
Nape said it was unbecoming of a former chief justice and senior statesman to go public with statements without providing evidence.
Nape described the allegation as the work of desperate people with motives to discredit and tarnish his reputation and of the new-look service delivery-orientated government which he had engineered to install.
He said the opposition was using the situation and the East Sepik court reference to lure members into forming a government
“If the court decides otherwise, the floor of the parliament will still determine the government,’’ Nape said.
“And, since the current government has the numbers, it will continue to remain in office. Therefore, Sir Arnold and his desperate opposition members should stop playing cheap politics to tarnish a government that is weeding out corruption at all levels.”
He urged Sir Arnold to provide evidence of the payment with cheque butts, bank details and other particulars.