Guns for Parliament
K556,000 spent to buy 32 firearms for MPs protection
PAPUA New Guinea’s acting Clerk of Parliament Simon Ila has purchased 32 high-powered guns and about 10,000 ammunitions for Parliament security guards at a cost of K556,000.
This is on top of side-arms for some Ministers and Members of Parliament who also have armed personnel from the Special VIP protection Unit.
Among the purchase was a very high-powered weapon only issued to the military and for special forces –the HK MP7A1 which cost K38,500 for one, with its 30 round magazines costing K3500 for a quantity of four. This weapon is only a defense issue according to police and national security advisors -HK MP7A1 is a submachine gun / personal defense weapon with extended 40-roundmagazine and a number of extras, including night sight, flashlight and silencer.
Other weapons included a Colt (M4 Carbine bushmaster) 5.5 worth K37,500 for a single purchase (five were purchased to the value of K187, 500) and Glock (G17 9mm w/2x 16 round magazines worth K35,000 for one (five were purchased) – costing Parliament K175,000.
The total amount spent on the purchase was K556,290 for the firearms and ammunitions, all paid out from the Parliament House account.
In a letter sent to the NCD Chief Superintendant Peter Guinness on January 11, 2013, Mr Ila singled out that the purchase of these high-powered weapons were to be used in Parliament, specifically to guard him and the Speaker of Parliament.
In the letter, he mentioned that he was attacked by thugs and the recent threats and physical confrontations by unknown criminal elements at Gordons warranted the purchase of these firearms and ammunitions....