Sir Michael Somare arrived in Port Moresby yesterday from an overseas trip and was hurried away from Jackson’s International Airport amid heavy police protection. Officials decided to abandon the usual official welcome for security reasons.
Meanwhile the PNG Post-Courier says it stands by its report that soldiers had planned to arrest the Prime Minister. Editor Blaise Nangoi says the report was “based on information from very credible sources that there is a plot to arrest the Prime Minister by soldiers unhappy with his handling of the Moti affair.”
Opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan have called on Sir Michael to resign while the justice system pursues the recommendations of the Moti inquiry report. Sir Mekere told reporters the Prime Minister had been implicated in the report which had recommended his prosecution. Sir Julius said there were signs of a collapse in authority in PNG. “Parliamentary democracy is now in question. I think the worst is yet to come,” he said.
[Sources: ‘The National’ and ‘PNG Post-Courier’]