A controversy over guns, ammo and the PNG Parliament | Pacific Beat

A controversy over guns, ammo and the PNG Parliament

A controversy over guns, ammo and the PNG Parliament

Updated 25 January 2013, 21:17 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Speaker of the National Parliament has denied that Parliament has purchased firearms for the security guards.

Theo Zurenuoc says reports that the acting Clerk of Parliament, Simon Ila bought 32 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition for Parliament are not true.

He says Mr Ila has confirmed he got a quote from a gun dealer, but the weaons and ammunition have not been bought.

The quote was reportedly for high powered firearms including a military style submachine gun with silencer.

Mr Zurenuoc told Firmin Nanol, parliament doesn't need firearms and Simon Ila, who is in the running for the permanent Clerk's position, will be disciplined.

Efforts to resolve a teacher's pay dispute continue in Solomon Islands.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speaker: PNG's National Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenuoc

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