Election funds for police irks Pruaitch

The crack in the coalition government is now evident.

Treasury Minister and National Alliance Party parliamentary leader Patrick Pruaitch has back stabbed the National Government which his party was a member to in the last five years.     

Minister Pruaitch said the ability for police to secure a free and fair election is now being compromised with inadequate funding.   

Pruaitch said, he was shocked to learn last Friday during a meeting with Police Commissioner Gari Baki that the police force only received K8 million of its K121 million budget allocation for election operations.

“We are two weeks into the election campaign and our police force should by now have been fully deployed to ensure that a free, fair and safe national election will be delivered by the time polling ends in July,” he said.

“How can the police have their logistics in place when adequate funding is not flowing through?

“The result of this important election should not be determined by money politics, whether through the hindering the legitimate operations of the Police or through other post-election antics,” Pruaitch said.

Charles Yapumi