250 Days of PNG Decline Under Marape
Commentary By John Igiri, PNG Observer
It is eight months since James Marape was given the position of Prime Minister by his Parliamentary colleagues following a tumultuous few months of politics.
Now only 250 days later we are in a position whereby there is outward revolt in the Cabinet, NEC meetings are being cancelled because there is no quorum, Ministers are refusing to be seen at public events with the Prime Minister and members of the public can see the general malaise of a Government in crisis.
𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗞 𝗢𝗙 𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗣 𝗘𝗫𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗘
His situation has come about due to a lack of capability as a Leader, having never had any executive management experience. This is made worse by more than 20 billion dollars in foreign investment having been lost as the Marape Government has been unable to reach agreement with investors.
The most recent failure being the P’Nyang project that after years of negotiations has now been cancelled. This has happened soon after the Papua LNG project debacle when Marape said he would negotiate new terms to the O’Neill Government agreement, only for Marape to agree to the original terms after a six-month delay. Now the major project partner, Total from France, has placed the project on indefinite hold. He claimed to have been wanting to get a better deal for landowners, but the real sticking point in these project failures are known to be attempts by certain characters to subvert sub-contracts.
𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐄𝐒 𝐇𝐈𝐒 𝐂𝐎𝐎𝐋 𝐀𝐆𝐀𝐈𝐍 𝐎𝐍 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐄𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊
Commentary by Joseph Muna
James Marape has just delivered another rambling statement that he has typed out on his iPhoneX with the usual typos and mad jumble of confused ideas.
Let me help you to understand what it is he is trying to say, what he does not know how to say and also what he wants to cover up. The full FB post follows my analysis for your reading convenience.
In the first few paragraphs he tells us that he is so busy working long hours that he does not have time to write back to people…uhm, well that is except to write this response to the Opposition Leader only one hour after Belden Namah’s statement hit the news…seems he does have time when he is being exposed…
The following piece of information was put forward by Prime Minister James Marape after Opposition Leader refile a case challenging his election as Prime Minister.
A paradox of time and character;
BN in 2011, intoxicated with political power was forcing Supreme Court shut in a contest of two governments then; Somare Government that court and constitution recognized yet Belden Namah shut down Supreme Court protecting O’Neill government.