Damage to PNG Parliament to cost government up to K15m
29 November, 2018, 1:42 pm
PORT MORESBY, 29 NOVEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea Speaker Job Pomat says the cost of damage to Parliament House by members of the security forces over unpaid APEC allowances last Tuesday is more than K10 million (US$3 million).
Pomat has put the initial estimated damage cost at between K10 million (US$3 million) and K15 million (US$4.6 million) which the National Government will have to meet. He called a media conference– one week after Parliament House was invaded by members of the security force, leaving a trail of destruction.
Pomat expressed surprise that no other leader except for Sir Michael Somare has condemned the destruction to Parliament.
He said staff of the National Parliament have been traumatised by the whole incident and would be given holidays during Christmas and New Year while repair and maintenance work are carried out before The House resumes on January 22.
“This must not happen again. Why should they attack the House of the people? We must look after Parliament at all cost. This must be the last place you can touch to air your grievances. Parliament does not belong to one person; it belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea. Members will come and go. This House is for the eight million people of PNG, we must look after and protect it. “
The Speaker said people should also put themselves in the shoes of the security forces who did the rampage through Parliament even smashing glass, overturning furnitures and destroying paintings on the walls.
They even smashed private vehicles in the precinct of parliament which will be covered under the initial damage cost.