Vanuatu Member of Parliament (MP), Jay Ngwele, who had his properties searched by police recently, has expressed his support for the execution of the search warrants. The police conducted investigations at three properties, and while he acknowledged that two of the properties are registered in his name, he is willing to cooperate.
The allegations against MP Jay Ngwele pertain to his time as a minister in the Bob Loughman administration, during which he is accused of misappropriating over one million Vanuatu vatu, equivalent to more than $8,700 US dollars, intended for road construction on Ambae. Notably, these funds have not resulted in any roads being built.
In response to the searches, MP Ngwele stressed that he welcomed them, as he believes that no one is above the law, regardless of their position or status. He expressed his understanding that the police had obtained the necessary search warrant from the court and hopes that the entire process will be conducted with respect for the law.
Furthermore, Ngwele raised concerns about the police taking his private property, which he claims has no connection to the allegations being investigated. This suggests he is seeking a fair and just process as investigations unfold.