Manus MP Ronnie Knight responds of allegations of misallocating funds | Pacific Beat

Manus MP Ronnie Knight responds of allegations of misallocating funds

Manus MP Ronnie Knight responds of allegations of misallocating funds

Updated 1 October 2014, 16:47 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, Manus Island MP Ronnie Knight says he looks forward to clearing his name at a Leadership Tribunal, after allegations he misallocated public money to buy a ferry for the province.

Papua New Guinea's Public Prosecutor has asked the Chief Justice to set up a Leadership Tribunal, which is a quasi-legal forum for complaints about the conduct of PNG officials.

Mr Knight is standing by his decision to spend more than one million Australian dollars on the MV Trader Star vessel, saying it provides supplies and transport for the people of his island electorate.

He says the allegation he used abusive language on social media is a misunderstanding of a joke about the Klu Klux Klan written on his private Facebook page.

Presenter: PNG correspondent Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Ronnie Knight, Manus MP

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