by David Wanoko
Peter Graham's resignation comes as an unwelcoming and rude suprise to the many patriotic Papua New Guinean's who pinned their hopes in the ' Take Back PNG' manifesto of Prime Minister James Marape
I know there's many highly intellectual and qualified nationals who can easily take over where Mr. Graham leaves and most probably many will not agree with me but I dare to grab the bull by its horns to air my thoughts.... take it or leave it.
Peter Graham is of a class with more than 27 years of international exposure at CEO levels in the US and PNG. PNG was very very fortunate to have him at a time crucial to our economic survival. Untill he came along, ' Investor Confidence' was the biggest thing of past governments. No Prime Minister or even state ministers for that matter dared to ask critical questions or dream big. Sussessive government's played second fiddle to foreign corporate giants in our own land. The unequatible benefit sharing arrangements, tax free concessions, environmental pollutions, the mistreatment of resource owners and the list goes on. Every time we staked our claim for a better deal in new projects, the reality always turn out to be the same. The PNG LNG is a classic case in point.
In Papua New Guinea and many other countries, the vote of No Confidence is "A motion of no confidence, or a vote of no confidence, or no confidence motion, is a statement or vote about whether a person in a position of responsibility is no longer deemed fit to hold that position"
In Papua New Guinea Vote of No Confidence comes about of the following scenario.
A change of Government comes about by one of two scenarios.
Scenario 1: a successful vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister during Parliament
Scenario 2: a vacancy in the office of Prime Minister.
Marape and Ipatas are under great pressure to contain VONC.
Marape became PM by fluke and he would be remembered as Mr Too Many Failed Assurance PM in the short term history.
His short term pain for long term gain with total economy independence becomes laughing stock after suffering local businesses and ordinary landowners not only to Pogera but whole PNG.
Peter Ipatas play the wrong card by his selfish interests now regretting how to hold onto the power by secraficing PP's Deputy Prime Minister to ULP, Sam Basil has nothing secret but to contain VONC.
Political Commentary by Livingston Talex Fontenu in UK
Just yesterday I attended a parliament session at the National Assembly of Wales and I gotta tell you, the answer to why UK is among the top economies in the work lies right within the chambers of that glass house! The level of debate, the audacity and professional conducts within the chambers of this house is just mind boggling.
Now, let me run some few comparisons here to show you what it means to be a politician in a country like this.
Wales Assembly is created and funded under the UK Westminster parliament. The total population in Wales is just little over 3million living in a country the size of all the highlands provinces in PNG combined. The Welsh governments annual budget, like for this year, is £15.3 billion pound – that’s equivalent to almost K68 billion kina.
However, there is absolutely no glamour in the way politicians are treated here – something very common and widely accepted in PNG.
By David Lepi
In this week’s edition we’ll look at the business arms of the Southern Highlands Provincial Government and compare and contrast with the business arms of other provincial governments especially with provinces that do not have rich natural resources and strong revenue streams like ours.
SHP is blessed with multiple sources of income from levies- oil and gas- equities, royalties together with development grants annually and is by far the largest resource envelope a single province could ever have in Papua New Guinea.
In addition to that the province had investments running in agriculture (coffee and tea plantations) farming, tourism (Muruk Lodge) and building and construction. And had a business arm called Southern Highlands Development Corporation Authority to manage the province’s investment portfolio and diversify future investment.
The appointment of Sam Basil as Deputy Prime Minister is a milestone for Basil's political career, whiles another form of strategic approach taken by Marape.
The Laguga Camp was focused on correcting flaws created by O'Neill regime, the so-called disgruntled ministers lobbied and pushed two options, with most leading parties ving for seat of Prime Minister, Pangu coming on top, with a new political idealism of Take Back PNG, a nationalism political strategy, in the eve of possible independence for Bougainville, Marape makes reshuffles taking over the Bougainville ministry; whiles making announcements of passing a legislation that discourages breakaway provinces.
So was it really a political stability move? Questions remains the Marape government continues to face uncertainty, the bureaucracy is still aligned to former regime, the rise of COVID-19 as put a uncertainty on socioeconomic stability.
It has been in the air since National Alliance Party joined the government ranks leaving their counterpart Hon Belden Namah in the opposition. The former opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch was forced by the majority in the National Alliance Party to jump ship.
Patruck Pruaitch wanted to remain in the opposition to pursue the court case against Marape's appointment, but the pressure mounted on him of losing his seat as the party leader if he didnt make that move was the core reason of Pruaitch moving over.
by Terence Kapipi Yacop
IF SOMEONE PROMISES YOU OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENT, THEY ARE LYING
80% of Papua New Guinea is without electricity since 1975. By the end of 2020 - more than 3 million would have died without seeing "light".
To bring electricity to the 80%, it would probably cost the National Government over 100 Billion Kina. Our National Government budget used to be 5 billion to 8 billion to 15 billion. Where would the government get such funding to connect everywhere with electricity? Na sapos ol focus lo electricity stap, pay blo ol public servant, hausick marasin, police agriculture na ol disla ba osem wanem?
Such is the sad scenario we live in now and therefore one might say "the spirit is willing but the finance is weak"
Commentary by Harini Matabi AluMale
Yesterday I have been to Masi (Hasuline) Village in Gahaku Local Level Government in Goroka Open Electorate of Eastern Highlands Province.
Masi Village is one the high populated area of Gahaku LLG among four LLGs in Goroka Open which is now going back for the by election.
In looks to by election , Goroka Open seat was won by Peoples National Congress Party (PNC) Mr.Henry Ame as siting member which was challenge by Former Member and one the pioneer politician and favorite son of Eastern Highlands MR. Bire Kimisopa.
Commentary by Peter Kaii
2022 will be an election of "anybody's game". This simply means that the party alignment has split when Marape, O'Neill, Basil, Abel and Ipatas shifted and joined ranks with different parties. Despite PNC's lost numbers, the party leader O'Neill remains.
The Marape- Steven Government will not last after 2022 given the fact that the party is not standing on a solid foundation.
Pangu is a Morobe-block party. Marape's elevation is at the helm of the game of convenience.
Pangu will not gain Morobe's favor simply because of religious alignment. Morobe is a Lutheran province and that would not bring back MPs who go to election under Pangu's Adventist this time.