FORMER Kandep MP Don Polye is frustrated and anxious about the prolonged litigation process of an election petition he had filed against MP-elect Alfred Manase.
On Friday, the Supreme Court granted an application by the Electoral Commission that extended the time for the court-ordered recount of the Kandep open seat for a month and a half.
Polye, through his lawyer Malewa Kipa, opposed the application by the commission on the grounds that he would suffer prejudice.
Political Commentary By Waigani Observer
The Marape government remains popular amongst many Papua New Guineans. But does the government deserve this reputation?
Many point to actions such as refusal to renew Barrick's license as well going tough on gas negotiations as evidence of the Take Back PNG agenda.
Let's take a look at the Marape government's actions and/or in-actions that totally contradict their Take Back PNG slogan.
Firstly, we've seen from the recent Supreme Court ruling that this government has not been shy to thrash the Constitution. The case allowed woke Papua New Guineans to see the trickers of the matrix reveal their cards as they failed terribly to justify their illegal actions.
They have come a long way, a journey they travelled together, they fell and rose together in this jounery that they started at different times but just like all rivers, they begin at different sources but converge at some point in their journeys to be one- flow to take on the next long journey to meet the sea of politcs.
Late Sir Mekere Mourata and Hon Governor Pius Wingiti have been the best of pals both in politics and outside of it. They have a relationship that is deep, just like still waters that is deceptively calm on the surface but runs dangerously deep. They have a relationship that is intimately intricate, interwoven in every aspects of their lives, cultivated over trying times in their journeys.
Like all good friends, they share both the glory and pain of collective success and failures as much as they do of each others individual achievements and loss in their respective lives journey. They have secrets they confide in themselves that no one else know but themselves and they will both go with it to the graves.
In their haydays, both became prime ministers of this country and enjoyed the lime light at different times but what was significantly historic is that Wingiti facilitated Mekeres rise to become the second papuan prime minister by simply giving him the party leadership of his political party, PDM when he himself lost in the 1997 NGE.
In 1997, Sir Mek successfully contested as an independent candidate for the Port Moresby North West open electorate seat and immediately was made the leader of Governor Wingtis PDM party when Wingti lost his WHP provincial seat to late Fr. Robert Lak on the back of the popular student-led rausim-sandline-nation wide campaign. Within that term of parliament ( 1997-2002), Sir Mek leading the PDM was made the prime minister of Papua New Guinea wrestling power off from another of the first papuan and fellow gulf prime ministers in late Sir William Bill Skate.
Treasurer Ling-Stuckey have been caught passing out bad cheques to try and bribe Members of Parliament to not leave government, and now the cheques have bounced and Marape is in crisis.
Over half a billion Kina in cheques were printed prior to the Parliament sitting in December.
These cheques were even caught on video at the Loloata Camp being passed out by Finance Minister Rainbo Paita.
Then after Parliament had risen, these cheques bounced in the week before Christmas.
Minister Ling-Stuckey is screaming at the bureaucrats, but the truth is that Marape and Ling-Stuckey knew that there was no money to back the cheques up. But they gave the cheques out to members of Parliament who they convinced there was money to be paid.
This corrupt plan has now fallen apart really badly because the Supreme Court will decide in the coming weeks if Parliament will resume to properly hear the Vote of No-Confidence in Marape.
PART I : By Ben Micah
Sir Mekere Morauta’s rise to the position of prime minister had been most unlikely from the start. Firstly, he had been elected to parliament as an Independent for the seat of Moresby Northwest and thus was considered a one-man band.
Secondly the proposal by Paias Wingti for him to take over the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) party was rejected by more seasoned MPS who felt betrayed by Wingti in favour of a first termer. The Opposition camp had three nominees for the position of prime minister.
National Alliance (NA) party led by Sir Michael Somare and the People’s National Congress party, led by Bill Skate, were in contention for the prime ministership. Paias Wingti, leader of PDM, was proposing Sir Mekere Morauta, who had won Port Moresby Northwest as an independent candidate.
Roy Yaki, who was unhappy with Wingti’s proposal, broke ranks and took several PDM members to join Bill Skate’s camp at Tufi, Northern Province. The People’s Progress Party (PPP) and Pangu party combined could not muster the magic 55 required to elect the PM.
A delegation led by Andrew Baing and Kilroy Genia was sent by Peoples Progress Party (PPP) strongman Sir Julius Chan and Chris Haiveta to negotiate with NA for a possible coalition to back Sir Michael Somare for the PM’s position. The two gentlemen were shown the door by over enthusiastic, newly-elected MPs who told them NA did not want to form government with corrupt parties.
This morning the 5 man bench of the Supreme Court is hearing a leave application (a request for permission) to hear a slip rule application.
A slip rule application is a process where the Court has made a final ruling and a party believes there has been error or slip in the judgement by the Court asking it to revisit or review its own decision.
Slip rule application is provided under the Court rules, in the case of Supreme Court Rules, Order 11 rule 32.
Political Commentary by Sam Samson
There are two scenarios here if PM Marape does not master the required numbers to pass the National budget.
1. Marape Resigns
2. Marape faces the Opposition
Scenario 1. If Marape Resigns
Considering that he has no support from the Parliamentarians, the humble thing for him to do is resign from the PM Post. If Marape resigns, there will be many political camps who will vie for the PM post within the Government as well as from the opposition. More likely the opposition camp will be dismantle as there are many leaders who want to be the PM.
From the Government Camp, there will be
From the Opposition there are many desperadoes who want the chair.
Commentary By David Lepi
Those who could still remember the Sandline Crises, an event that shook Papua New Guinea in 1997, may also remember the heroes who stood up to the call.
They say history remembers kings and not soldiers but among those brave men one soldier, arguably an unsung hero, worth mentioning is Captain Belden Namah of the Papua New Defense Force.
A student studying at the University of Papua New Guinea at that time recalls in a published article supported by Phil Fitzpatrick Writing Fellowship,
"..there were five defence force officers heading the protest: Major Walter Enuma; Captain Bola Renagi; Captain Belden Namah; Lieutenant Michael David; and Second Lieutenant Linus Osaba."
"These soldiers played a crucial role in stopping the mercenaries from going to Bougainville to kill and murder the BRA high command."
"Every time Namah took the podium in his full military regalia to deliver a speech he looked like the Napoleon Bonaparte that we had read about in history books."
Political Commentary by Nickson Waiyo
This article stems from Dr. Lino, voluntarily putting his hand up to relinquish the Ministry. He is not alone in this fight. There was one Engan who risked everything for the sake of PNG and the people. It was none other than Don Pomb Polye. Cared little about perks and privileges. He lost the Treasury Ministry and the World Bank Chairmanship. He knew but ploughed a lonely furrow trying to take up the cudgels and risk everything for the country by refusing to sign the controversial UBS loans. Bypassing parliamentary approval was not only morally and ethically wrong but callously breached the constitution. He paid a hefty price loosing the Ministry, Chairmanship and the seat. No other members of Parliament were willing to take the calculated risk except an Engan son.
Political Commentary by Brian Folock
PMJM WAS REMOVED ON FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2020 AND IS AS GOOD AS GONE!
The long awaited case on the election of Prime Minister James Marape will find its verdict anytime this week. His election as PM on the 30th of July 2019 was marred with legal controversies. His changes of wining this matter is slim - I give him 0.001% changes of winning.
If Prime Minister James Marape wins, it is not the end. He will face another legal challenge on Wednesday 25th November 2020 - thats this week Wednesday!
My view is that Prime Minister James Marape is 'NO LONGER' the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. He has the PM title but is good as gone - 13th November 2020, the date he was removed.
A good number of government MPs including Political Party leaders of his Coalition government left him in a show of having LOST CONFIDENCE in him and crossed over to the Opposition.
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