This post is an edited version of this post from the Vanuatu Indigenous Watch blog.

Vanuatu's Parliament house in the background. In the foreground is a carved out Pig's Tusk - a symbol of wealth in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu’s Parliament house in the background. In the foreground is a carved out Pig’s Tusk – a symbol of wealth in Vanuatu. Beside it is a Namele tree – a symbol of taboo in Vanuatu

A member of parliament on the government side, whose name is being withheld, has warned the remaining 36 members of parliament regarding an alleged huge amount of money currently circulating in Vanuatu.

He told the VIW that there are allegations of VT300 Million [available] to bribe Vanuatu leaders. The MP said that the suspension of the 16 MPs yesterday by  parliament should be a lesson for the members of parliament not to accept huge amounts of monies if they are unsure of the source of the funds.

He said that he was one the MPs who was approached by a group of opposition MPs offering him an amount of VT1 Million. The MP confirmed that there was no mention of a loan scheme as claimed by the opposition. He said that the monies were [a bribe] to gain support for a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister, Joe Natuman.

The motion which was deposited in Parliament last Friday by the now suspended leader of opposition, Moana Carcasses, is scheduled to be debated on Monday next week.

He alleges that the group of opposition MPs also promised him an additional VT4 Million should they topple the Natuman-led government.

The MP concerned has already launched a report with the police regarding the attempt to offer him VT1 Million.

The suspended leader of opposition, Moana Carcasses, yesterday claimed in parliament that some of the government MPs have also received monies from his VT35 Million supply.

[Out of respect for the house though, he did not want to reveal the names of said government MPs.]