Opposition eyes bribery charges

Opposition Leader Ishmael Kalsakau. Image: File

The Office of the Opposition has plans to lodge a criminal report with police on bribery charges against three Members of Parliament (MPs) who are with the Government.

Leader of Opposition, Ishmael Kalsakau conveyed the information during an interview on Thursday.

When questioned on what steps the Office of the Opposition would be taking next if the court rules in favor of the Opposition today, Mr Kalsakau said the Opposition has singled out three MPs, adding “we believe we have sufficient information” to build up a bribery case.

The Leader of Opposition also expressed his opinion on the apology made by the Speaker of Parliament recently following the court ruling last week, saying it “falls short” when weighed on his (speaker) reasons in the newspaper and against the Speaker’s conduct, when the bill was being debated in Parliament in April.

Kalsakau added he was not sure whether the apology was directed to his voters on Malekula or to the people of Vanuatu.

He said they are “positively looking forward to Monday May 27” (today), the day reserved for the judgment of the case in determining the legality of the position of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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