The National,Friday July 13th, 2012
By JUNIOR UKAHA
ABAU open MP Sir Puka Temu is fuming after police, acting on a tip-off from a woman, searched his home for election material and firearms.
But he cannot take any legal action against the woman because police are protecting her identity.
“They (police) have to protect her identity,” he said.
Sir Puka has branded the allegations against him and his supporters as politically motivated and had no substance.Members of the national election investigation task force raided Sir Puka’s homes on Monday after the woman and three others lodged a complaint with the police.
They told police that Sir Puka had a high-powered gun at his Korobosea home, plus illegal ballot papers and boxes.The woman, believed to be from Jiwaka, told police she was picked up by Sir Puka’s supporters who were posing as election officials and carrying high-powered guns, fake ballot boxes and papers.
She claimed that they offered her money not to tell anyone about what were in their possession.
“This woman is a conwoman and I have four witnesses to testify against her,” Sir Puka said.
“Police searched my three homes in Kapari, Kupiano and Korobosea and found nothing.”
Sir Puka said police interviewed him yesterday but police could not find any evidence.
He said he had instructed his lawyer to take legal action against the woman and others for defamation.