Prime Minister Hon. James Marape Dismisses Rumors of Arrest as Political Smokescreen

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape categorically denied the rumors circulating on social media regarding impending police action against him, asserting that they are nothing more than a calculated smokescreen orchestrated by political adversaries and their associates, who are currently under investigation by law enforcement agencies.

On the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2023, Prime Minister Marape expressed his concerns about the proliferation of baseless speculations on social media platforms. He firmly stated, “There is an abundance of unfounded rumors circulating on social media, speculating about my impending arrest and other allegations. I want to reassure everyone, including the business community, that I have nothing to conceal because I have committed no wrongdoing.”

Prime Minister Marape emphasised his status as a witness in numerous high-profile cases, including the UBS Commission of Inquiry, during which he provided testimony. He remarked, “Many individuals are spreading rumors about my potential arrest in connection with the UBS case, which holds no factual basis. There are no pending police charges against me, and I remain fully transparent.”

Furthermore, Prime Minister Marape disclosed that the police are actively investigating the UBS financial trail. He elaborated, “It is those individuals implicated in the UBS case and other significant corruption cases who are orchestrating these smokescreens to divert attention away from their own actions. My establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) reflects my unwavering commitment to combating corruption. Consequently, those who have profited from corrupt practices, including prominent figures from the past, are now experiencing unease.”

As Prime Minister Marape prepares to depart for Washington DC to participate in the 2nd US-Pacific Island Forum alongside U.S. President H.E. Joe Biden, he expressed his dedication to upholding transparency, accountability, and the rule of law in Papua New Guinea.