By David Levi
Behind this charming and unfailing gracious persona lies a shrewd and an unflinching calculative mind. A mind of a brilliant and accomplished political tactician the country has ever seen.
Peter Parre O’Neill is the maker and breaker of political parties, a mover and a shaker of political wills and even those whims of titanium craftily engineered by the seasoned and well-placed hands that many people thought wouldn’t stand the test of the boy from Ialibu/political.
His political ingenuity is legendary as his business escapades.
Born as Paire in Melipini, Muamune council ward to Brian O'Neill, an Australian-born magistrate of partial Irish descent and local mother Awambo Yari, from Pangia Southern Highlands Province.
In Paire's veins runs Kamari- the blood of those destined for higher calling.
O'Neill was educated at the Pangia Primary School, Ialibu High School and Goroka High School. After leaving high school he received a Bachelor of Accountancy and Commerce from the University of Papua New Guinea, in 1986.
Why is Peter O'Neill not arrested and Charged yet after all that Corruptions Allegations labelled against him?
Peter O'Neill has built a fundamental foundation of PNG's economic growth - 'INFRASTRUCTURE'. Fools can refute that! He was on track to build more but was short lived. Advanced infrastructure is crucial to economic growth.
Infrastructure could mean tourism infrastructure; road and bridge systems; agricultural infrastructure etc... a nation's economy doesn't grow in bushes.
Many talked against the development of sporting facilities like the stadiums without considering the cash injections that would be generated by games.
He borrowed to build those crucial infrastructure. Some said were at inflated costs and project funds commissioned out by project proponents which are but yet to be proven.
Whilst setting up the necessary infrastructure, he invested heavily on agriculture, tourism and particularly SME's - the cornerstones of economic growth.
Without seeing the outcome of these visionary work, we nagged him. He knew very well that he was on track yet we sunned him down led by some ill-conceived Facebook warriors who can't even show their capabilities given the caps they are wearing now.
He invested very heavily in law and order as well to balance the equation. Law and order was minimal unlike today.
Peoples First Party has launched its membership drive at the Gateway Hotel tonight ( 25th June 2021).
Party leader and Member for Yangoru Saussia Hon Richard Maru has taken the honor to lead PFP into 2022 election from former leader and patron Luther Wenge.
PFP stands for the people and will deliver what's belong to the people of this great nation rightfully to them.
Papua New Guinea is abundantly blessed with natural resources and diversity of people with unique identity. Yet majority of her people face hardships and live in poverty.
Political View by Ink News
It is a public knowledge that there are many senior politicians who will be vying for the Prime Minister post after the 2022 National General Election.
However, the Governor General will only invite a party that has majority of its MPs winning right across the country to form the next government.
Therefore, MPs who are most likely to retain their seat and comeback to the form the next govt are listed below. Interestingly the are all party leaders who have the political will and financially backing to form the next govt. You have seen that the post has left the NA out because currently there have been a power tussle between party members on who could be the next party leader to lead them into 2022 elections. Also the Opposition leader has been left our because he has less chances of forming the next govt given that he had nil interest in the PM seat despite championing various VoNC during this term of Parliament.
By: David Lepi
We have seen many of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape's impromptu from shedding crocodile tears to banging on the United Nation' s door for money and we had to put up with the shame as a nation.
If the PM hasn't been advised on the UN system it is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from UN members. It operates on contributions and is not a profit making organization like the World Bank/International Monetary Fund.
But he is also a man of many contradictions.
Not only that he tries to copy Robert Kagame's Rwanda and instead doing the direct opposite in taking Papua New Guinea down the path of despair and destitution.
IS THE PNG ELECTORAL COMMISSION FREE FROM BIAS AND CORRUPTION AND PREPARED TO CONDUCT THE 2022 ELECTIONS??
A personal experience of former Ambassador Gabriel Pepson in the recently concluded Pom NW By Election
Good evening fellow WHlanders,
Our young country of PNG is confronted with enormous challenges, ever since independence in 1975. Today, the challenges are much greater.
The socio economic condition in any country is moulded & determined mostly by the political leadership of the country. For PNG, what has happened in the past is now behind us. The future is important, and is still in our hands. Therefore the forthcoming 2022 general elections are extremely important for every citizen of this country.
By Brian Folock
Imagine you are a candidate and you vote yourself in your own council ward with your family, only to find out, during counting, your score 'zero' from that box.
You are left wondering, what may have happened, to your own vote, or that of your family and supporters.
This peculiar scenario is only found in Papua New Guinea.
Voting in this country is screwed with some of the most extreme cases of election irregularities such as rigging.
What had happened to your own vote let alone your family's votes if not your supporters' votes supposing you are a candidate yourself? What happened?
There are many areas to ponder what had happened.
1. The Presiding Officer who presided over that particular polling booth may have rigged it and marked another candidate instead of you as your own vote.
THIS PRACTICE IS VERY POPULAR AND COMMON. IT IS FAR A WORSE POLITICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE HIGHLANDS region.
By Bill K. Lata
If you ask any typical PNG Politicians how much it costs him (or her) to be elected into parliament, they’d say it’s in the Millions! It is in the millions and the millions they spend is perhaps 10 x more than they’ll ever earn through their legitimate salaries. And I sometimes sit down and ask myself; if a MP’s net salaries in 5 years is going to be K1m for instance, why would he/she spend K10m - K20m to get into that office? How do they do Cost-Benefit-Analysis and what would be the ROI (Return on Investment) for their massive K10 - K20 million kina investment into politics, or rather elections?
I suppose there must be something that we do not see; but I presume you all see (or know) ‘what it is’. And that ‘what it is’ is that they have taken that political office out of its operating domain called Democracy and customized it, or in other words “ethicized” it. And “Ethnized Politics” is the newly invented formula for looting (maybe invented by scientists in the Parliament… lol), thereby answering the question on ROI for politicians! Words like Cronyisms, Favoritism, and Loyalism have been born out of “Ethnized Politics” in PNG, and I know you can complete rest of the story using these words.
Counting for the Moresby Northwest By-elections first preference votes in Ward 1 (Metoreia United Church Hall), Wards 8, and 11 at the Sir John Guise Stadium (SJGS) are complete.
Counting at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (PILAG) for Ward 10 is progressing with eight ballot boxes left for counting.
Counting at all venues was delayed on Friday 11 June, due to police personnel and counting officials not receiving their allowances for deployment in the counting operations.
PNG Electoral Commission Counting Official, Paul Sailas said counting was delayed because they did not receive their allowances.
However, the issue has been resolved with counting for first preference votes now almost complete.
Progressive results for the by-election as of this morning are as follows:
1. Lohia Boe Samuel (Pangu) - 16,294
2. Joe Tonde (ULP) - 8,378
3. Sengol Parkop (IND) - 5,141
4. Dr. T. Kambanei (NGP) - 5,138
Commentary by PNC Party
Since 1975 the independent state of Papua New Guinea has been growing on a snail's pace. Nearly 70% of its infrastructures were built during the colonial times. There wasn't much transpired off the ground since independence, most were administrative changes than physical structures.
The economic performance of PNG has steadily improved during the 8 years of PNC led government due to a significant resources boom, mainly in the extractive industry.
PNG Politics Watch