PNG Opposition Leader Namah Has The Option To Amend Court Reference To Challenge Marape's Election As PM
By PNG Party
This afternoon, the Supreme Court comprising of Kandakasi DCJ, Cannings J and Sheperd J, upheld an objection to competency, by PMJM, to the section 18 Supreme Court Reference (Application) filed by Opposition leader Hon Belden Namah, which challenged the constitutionality of the appointment of Hon James Marape as the Prime Minister.
Out of the four objection points raised by PMJM, three were dismissed and only one was upheld, in which the Application failed to conform with the prescribed form under the Supreme Court Rules (Form 1) and was incorrectly entitled as a “Reference” when it ought to have been titled “Application”.
By Academia_Nomad :PNG Political Commentary
There is so much conversation on Facebook on the decision of Deputy Chief Justice Kandakasi to summon Governor Alan Bird to appear before the court and show reason why he should not be held accountable for contempt of court. The governor is said to have expressed dissatisfaction on certain matter/matters before the courts. Justice Kandakasi also told Kramer to confine his role as Minister of Police to Policy matters and not indulge in police operations. The former has generated much debate.
By Academia_Nomad :PNG Political Commentary
How did Belden Namah go from volunteering to lead the State of Emergency as a Chairman of the Emergency Committee to arguing it as unconstitutional and invalid in less than 72 hours? But this is Namah-like, and you should not be surprised. But a much bigger question is, even if Namah appears to be a nuisance to many, does he have a point?
A little background: Namah has been pursuing a case in the Supreme Court, seeking the court to declare the election of Prime Minister James Marape on 30 May 2019 as unconstitutional and therefore invalid. James Marape and Steven Davis, the Minister for Justice & Attorney General, countered this claim by first stating that election of the PM is governed by the Parliament Standing Orders which are non-judicial (not matters for the courts to decide), it is not constitutional matter which requires the courts’ involvement. Second the PM & AG argues that Belden Namah did not have the legal standing, that he was eligible to pursue this case. PM and AG therefore wanted the case dismissed.
By Talita Garima : Political Commentary
Everything boils down to individual personalities, extrovert, open minded, aggressiveness, confident, people to people relations, etc. I doubt PMJM. He's introvert, inward looking, can't open up, let loose things that other people including ministers will run things freely, commit the state, etc.
This why I'm bit reserve, keeping silent on speaking directly against him but some of you load of arrogant supporters turn to beat your chest in down writing independent analyst when I try to contribute on issues confronting our nation so let me put it straight to some of you without reservation of our leaders comparative analysis.
By Andrew Ya McCarthy.
PARLIAMENT had enacted DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY as an act of Parliament by the former ruling People's National Congress and Coalition Partners as a conduit to bring goods and services deliveries to the people of Independent State of Papua New Guinea. It was to target the rural population who remained unserviced for decades.
Whilst the DDA act was the brain child of the for mer PNC regime , the act become breeding ground for missappropriation, mismanagement and perhaps a conduit for parliamentarians to leverage on people's money. Today District Development Authority is not working at all in some electorates , while other electorates are struggling. A pocket of electorates in PNG had succeeded through good leaders .
By George Sikin
Many say he was a turncoat when he walked into O'Neill's government. What many did not see was he was fighting a battle on multi fronts. He was emerging as a promising Prime Minister prospect; an undeniable truth his haters will choose to deny. He was being targeted.
He threw the first punch in the '17 match only to fall short of the magic number. The camp he was in mustered only 46.
A Citizen's Opinion
One of the saddest things in life is to witness failure when someone throws away an opportunity, and it is even sadder when a whole country suffers because of the failure.
When there was a stalemate in the Laguna camp nearly one year ago, O’Neill offered an olive branch to Marape and invited him to the Crown camp and the numbers for nomination as Prime Minister. But within weeks failure had begun to set in. Marape invited individuals into the Cabinet who began undermining his leadership from within. He came up with slogans that were empty and racist, such as his black nation slogan.
By Yym C Samson,
Hon. Governor Allan Bird, I respect you as my leader and the leader of this great nation.However, this post may seem to attack you, my leader; but I have to do it because it is for good of your leadership and for the 8+ million people of PNG.
Honourable Governor, I just want to refute your post on the social media dated 23 Feb 2020 (Some Thoughts On Government Borrowing). The post was good with its title but the content does not sense the way it has to be. You attacked the former PO government who has effectively delivered much for this country.
I understand that you have no knowledge about economic circumstances surrounding our country which forced PO government to borrow. If you know it and deliberately posted on social media, then your post is simply a politically motivated lie.
EAST SEPIK GOVERNORS BIRDS COMMENTS IN PARLIAMENT ON DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE KANDAKASI FURTHER FUELS UNWARRANTED DISRESPECT TO PNG JUDICIARY
The Governor for East Sepik Alan Birds comments in Parliament,against the Deputy Chief Justices is totally unwarranted and causes more disdain and disrespect for the Judiciary in this country.Especially comming from a leader who is a member of the law making body in the country.
His outburst would have been in direct contempt and sub-judice to the proceedings if his comments were made outside of parliament sittings,were he is not covered under the "parliamentary privileges".
It is also unbeccoming of him to be passionately embroiling himself in a private issue that does not concern him and the people of East Sepik.
By Pacific Guardian
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape's higher ideals under his political slogan " Take Back PNG" to make it the richest, black nation (and Christian) where no one child is left behind" though laughable in Corporate Boardrooms throughout the world, in Exxon, Barrick and Oilsearches global's, Marape's modest vision for his country does hurt, likened to the ruffling of the eagle's feathers.
Though Canada (Barrick), Oilsearch (Australia) and Exxon (USA) may seem as non-relative businesses, these are however an integral part of a "western syndicated multinationals", scouring and scavenging the far reaches of the globe, inclùding Marape's Papua New Guinea in the cuthroat hydrocarbon business.
Where these are, the big brother's eyes are too.
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