BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
MEMBER of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Varisi Lavata at Ward 12 Northwest Choiseul Hon Gideon Panisaga rebuff using alcohol to bribe voters at a recent hearing at Taro Station.
Speaking earlier to Island Sun, the media coordinator for Christ the King Parish at Voruvoru Mr Nerio Ulemiki reported that the MPA used four cartons of beer to lure voters during a Timber Rights Hearing.
According to Mr Ulemiki, the action had caused disagreement from citizens of Ward 12 in which they described it as a sign of corruption that needs to be stopped.
However, Hon Panisaga when contacted yesterday said that what he did is not bribery at all.
“During such meetings is the only time I have meeting up with most of my Ward people especially the young youths who normally want to enjoy alcohol,” said Hon Panisaga.
“I know my boundaries as a leader and to do such bad practise to my own people will be wrong.
“Whatever done during that time I am accused off was only for that time with no motive behind it.”