MEMBER of Parliament for Lau-Mbaelelea Augustine Auga has come under sharp criticism for his alleged rowdy behaviour at Burns Creek, east Honiara, on Saturday.
Community leader John Seti Iromea claimed Mr Auga, who is a resident of Burns Creek, was lucky to escape an angry mob he provoked during a compensation demand incident.
“The incident happened after members of the community advised Mr Auga’s son to drive slowly when driving through the community road,” Mr Iromea said.
“The son had an attitude of driving recklessly and with no-care attitude when passing through the community,” Mr Iromea said.
“Last Saturday he did the same again so some members of the community stopped him and advised him to drive slowly to avoid hitting anyone, especially children, along the road.
“Instead of accepting the friendly advice, Mr Auga’s son responded abusively to the members of the community.
“Angered by the son’s response, the men threw stone at his vehicle, causing damages to it.
“The son drove on and reported the incident to his father who came with others and demanded compensation from the group that threw stones at the vehicle.
“They paid $500, but Mr Auga was not satisfied with the amount. An argument developed and Mr Auga slapped one of the men on the face,” Mr Iromea claimed.
He said the MP’s action sparked an instant brawl.
“Mr Auga was lucky to escape and it was only after he paid $1,000 compensation that peace was restored,” Mr Iromea said.
He added Mr Auga’s behavriour does not speak well of him as a national leader.
Attempts to speak to Mr Auga yesterday were unsuccessful.
Comments will be sought from him again.
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI