Rainbo Paita

Paita Cleared, CPO Charged

However, the investigation team has found sufficient evidence to lay both administrative and criminal charges against his close protection officer, Sergeant John Bain.
 
“While the Member for Finschhafen has been cleared as the evidence will not support any criminal charges against Mr Paita. There is sufficient evidence to lay administrative and criminal charges against his close protection officer. 

PM Accepts Paita’s Decision

The images of which are currently being circulated on social media. 
The Prime Minister said this while acknowledging that he was in receipt of an urgent letter from the Minister who asked to "step aside as Minister for National Planning in the spirit of good leadership" on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

"I have been officially made aware of this matter. Minister Paita has written to me to explain and ask to step aside to allow investigations to clear his name.

Namah Commends Paita

“This is exemplary leadership from Paita. He has pledged himself on oath to never bring into disrepute or public ridicule the good name and reputation of the offices of the Member for Finschhafen and Minister for National Planning and Monitoring,” Namah said.

Meantime, Namah confirmed that he has laid a police complaint against Paita, on evidence presented on social media that the former Minister was seen discharging a military issued high-powered weapon.

Paita Steps Down

Paita in a statement made the announcement to step aside from his ministerial portfolio forthwith.
This comes after a video was circulated on social media as well as the mainstream media of him discharging a rifle.

"After learning from Post-Courier’s front-page report on December 13th, 2021 of the incident, I wrote to the Prime Minister advising him of my intention to step aside and allow a thorough investigation without fear or favour by the concerned authorities in the spirit of good leadership. 

PNC party heavyweights lose seats

Morobe Election Manager Simon Soheke confirmed to Loop PNG a few minutes ago that PNC Party candidates, Mao Zeming (Tewae-Siassi MP) and Theo Zurenuoc (Finschhafen MP) have respectively lost to Dr Kobie Bomareo and Rainbo Paita.

PANGU have now claimed four Open seats in the province, where party leader Sam Basil is also a local MP.  

The defeat will send shockwaves through the PNC camp because Zeming is the deputy party leader and Fisheries Minister in the completed term of Parliament.

And Zurenuoc served his five years as the National Parliament Speaker.