If the recent private prosecution against PM Mark Brown and former MP Henry Puna proves anything it is this; the ordinary citizen of this country has the freedom to seek recourse through the courts to address matters of concern regarding the government.
Especially when police consistently refuse to
move on a valid complaint.
To further illustrate police failing to act,
many will recall an MP being found guilty of electoral bribery and subsequently
suspended from the then Puna-led cabinet.
The matter then became police responsibility
to follow through with the bribery finding. But around eight years later, the
public has yet to know the outcome of what police did, if anything.
PM Brown and Puna pontificated last week that
the Citizen Against Corruption group which initiated the private prosecution
should be ashamed of themselves for damaging the good name of this country.
That’s misguided thinking.
What CAC did clearly shows the world is that
we ordinary people of this country have the right to seek redress when we
believe that there is corruption and wrong doing on the part of government
officials. Even if those officials are a PM and a former PM. We have the right
to seek answers and justice.
CAC needs to be commended for the bravery and
conviction to carry this complex case through the court. The group dared to
challenge the regime and the country’s two most senior politicians. That takes