The National, Wednesday July 17th, 2013
By JAYNE SAFIHAO
USINO-Bundi MP Anton Yagama has refuted claims he is guilty of wrongdoing as suggested by businessman and petitioner Peter Yama and Mathew Dengua yesterday.
He did not confirm allegations he broke open the police cell holding two disputed ballot boxes, one from the 2007 general elections and one from Gunz in the Gama local level government.
“I challenge them to take me to court. We will see who has enough and credible evidence on the hijacking of ballot boxes,” he said.
“I am satisfied with the court’s decision for a recount and now the nation will see who is telling the truth from the beginning.
“Policemen are not supposed to be involved in politics or be seen supporting any candidate or businessman, I don’t know what Yama is talking about.”
He confirmed being pulled up and questioned by Yama last Sunday about that allegation.
Acting Police Commissioner Sam Kauba said in a statement yesterday leaders should not entice policemen.
Kauba made the appeal following reports that policemen from Central were in Madang to arrest local policemen over the Usino-Bundi election petition case.
“I have issued instructions to the Momase divisional commander to have those policemen from Central arrested and detained until we find out how, why and on whose authority they are in Madang,” Kauba said.
“As far as I know the courts have ordered a recount. There are no orders in place for other actions nor have I issued instructions regarding this case.”