By Aloysius Laukai
Speaking on New Dawn FM, the Regional Member for Bougainville, Hon Fidelis Semoso, has refuted claims that 4.1 million kina for Bougainville projects has gone missing.
He said these funds were paid for two specific projects on Bougainville which he applied for through the National Planning Office.
Mr Semoso said 2.7 million kina was paid to Millenium Water for the Buka General Hospital water rectification project and another 1.4 million kina was paid to Hastings Deering for the earth moving equipment for the Buka Council of Elders.
He said that as the elected leader for Bougainville he had to source funds for projects on Bougainville. The funding came through the National Planning Office.
He said that because of complaints by people, the Ombudsman Commission stopped further transaction of funds thus delaying the projects.
Mr Semoso said that materials for the hospital’s water purification program have been sitting in Buka rusting away due to the continued politics on these projects.
He said he did not know if the funds were taken from South Bougainville’s allocations.
He warned that Bougainville will continue to suffer if people continue to play politics on development projects on Bougainville.
He also stated that all the funds were handled by the Bougainville Administration and paid out from the Bougainville Treasury.