For God, My Beloved PNG and My PM Posted May 3, 2006 4:47 PM
I am not trying to prove anything, but all I can say is:
Paias Wingti saw a window of opportunity and tried to capitalize on it—including having discussions with Kambanei and Philemon—with the view towards destabilizing NA and having a new political party formed to go into the elections.
Wingti did this with the promise of Philemon leading the new party and becoming PM after the 2007 national elections.
Wingti also had discussions with Hami Yawari, and again did the same by telling Yawari that if the two of them formed a party, Yawari could see himself as the PM after next year’s election.
With Philemon and Kambanei, he nearly succeeded in striking a discord within NA and the govt.
I am not making this up. This is how cunning Wingti is.
There are two contentious issues: one is that of power struggle within NA and the govt and the other is corruption.
Both are real threats facing the current government.
If only you knew the truth, then you would know that what Chief Sir Michael did in removing certain heads of departments and ministers, including Philemon and Kambanei, was to safeguard the interests of the country.
I am in PNG, and was at Waigani to be exact, when I saw first-hand a submission being drafted to effect departmental head changes, including that of Finance, Police and National Planning—three key departments were a corrupt syndicate is working, and where the seeds of destabilizing the government were sown.
Instances of corruption, backed by evidence by way of financial and bank statements, were provided to then respective ministers of the police and finance, but they were simply ignored.
Corruption, or ‘white-collar’ crime, is being perpetrated and supported by some of the most senior officers in the three departments. These officials have real estate in Gold Coast, and money is siphoned overseas without anyone keeping any checks and balances.
Note how Kambanei tried to take an injunction against the Public Accounts Committee from delving into the affairs of Finance Department, where he could have easily faced the committee, tell them that the reports were not ready, and then he could have walked out.
But he feared the PAC might have had more in its hands, and it was sin that clouded his eyes to reason.
I only hope that God punishes those who steal from large amounts of public money, our money, taxpayers’ money.
Many are saying Philemon will make a good PM, but I beg to defer on that.
If you know the guy, he is arrogant, self-serving, thinks he knows-it-all, a coconut, being brown on the outside but white in the inside, lacks charisma to lead.
But for now, may God continue help and guide my PM and to grant him the wisdom and knowledge to overcome the obstacles in facing those who have ulterior and evil motives and aspirations, and also to guide him through looking after my beloved PNG.