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National Alliance put on notice

May 2 2005 at 12:47 PM
Post Courier - Letter of Opinion 

National Alliance put on notice

I refer to the story “Deputy PM job refused” in the Post-Courier on 26 April. I am a bit baffled at this, considering the two MPs offered the deputy position are from Mamose and the Islands region and are senior ministers from Somare’s government.

Mind you, I am not a regionalist but I am a straight shooter and I cannot hold back my frustration.

I, like many who believe in national unity, want fair play and equal distribution of positions in decision making. Why didn’t Sir Michael Somare consider one of our Highlands MPs like Peter Ipatas, Matthew Siune, Bire Kimisopa, Banare Bun or William Duma?

I come from the Highlands and my observation on every appointment done by the Somare government is that he favours his own Mamose and the New Guinea Islands regions.

My simple research shows that 96 per cent of appointments of senior governmental department heads and statutory bodies is from the two regions only. Furthermore, the key economic ministerial portfolios are held by them too, except the ministry of agriculture and livestock.

The five Highlands provinces currently provide more than 85 per cent of the total income for the nation annually and what we are getting from the Somare government is just 6 per cent of what we contribute to the nation.
It is really unfair. When coming to appointment of department heads and senior ministerial portfolios, candidates from the Highlands are over looked, like the recent appointment of the Auditor-General and the attempt on the DPM position for a member from Mamose or an Islander.

If the Somare government does not correct this deficiency soon, I am putting the National Alliance party on notice for the 2007 national election — that the party led by Sir Michael is anti-Highlands.


Not a Regionalist
Badili, NCD


 
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PNGean

tru 2 dat

May 2 2005, 1:30 PM 


Guess every educated person is aware of that. I rather sit back and watch what the results of the next election would be for the NA party esp. in the highlands.


    
This message has been edited by 7milebeach on May 2, 2005 3:25 PM


 
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P..

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 2 2005, 2:38 PM 

In the lead-up to the development of the Papua New Guinea Constitution, extensive public consultations and debates were held. Concerns about the environment and the management of the natural resources in the country featured prominently in those discussions. The five national goals expressed in the Papua New Guinea Constitution reflect those concerns:

Integral human development;


Equality and participation;


National sovereignty and self-reliance;


The preservation of natural resources and the environment;


The preservation of the culture and traditions of Papua New Guinea.



The custodians of PNG must never under any circumstance violate the national goals as inscribed in the National Constitution. They must be guarded for the visions to materialize.

P........



 
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Observer

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 2 2005, 4:23 PM 

The Chief who had a direct input into the formation of these goals and directives in the early days now appears to act to the contrary. In all material respects and in the case of the current government, so long as they are in power, participation and particularly allocation of ministerial and top management posts will only be limited to a certain region although merit based (so called) criterias are said to be in place.

I mean the appointment of the Auditor General is a joke. For the sake of the nation, this Office has been pretty much ineffective and public funds have been siphoned and grossly misued without any proper checks yet we see fit to appoint someone who has never managed a major audit or at least drafted an audit opinion.

In nearly most of the appointments made, merits and credentials appear to be lacking therefore the obvious conclusion is regional bias.

So much for equal participation!!!

 
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Bishop

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 2 2005, 11:26 PM 

I have always maintained this...some people thought i was being regionalist, thank God, people now realise that NA diseminated and propagated nepotism. Lets see if NA make a good number (in the Highlands) come 2007.

Bishop
3/5/2005

 
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hawk~eye

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 3 2005, 12:48 AM 

It's a shame that our Prime Minister, the 'father' of this nation, would be foolish enough to promote regionalism in a rather blatant manner.

His appointment of predominantly Momase and NGI public office holders and apparent oversight of highlanders and Papuans should not go unchallenged.

Stop promoting dis-unity Mr. Prime Minister.

<~)


 
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P......

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 3 2005, 12:50 PM 

Chief Somare,
Your very last Actions will be the SEAL that you will leave behind in your long political career in PNG history.

They say the "very first and last drop of water" from the bamboo tastes sweet. And they're the ones that are remembered the most.

Don't feed PNG with a mixture of muddy water before you descend into oblivion.
The nations eyes are OPEN.


P...

 
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Jerry Nape

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 3 2005, 2:53 PM 

Highlanders leaders are too young to lead the country.

 
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Katamandu

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 3 2005, 2:57 PM 

Why sir Somare kept the deputy prime minister for so long? This is the clear indication of dictatorship, one man rule.

 
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Anonymous

Re: National Alliance put on notice

May 3 2005, 4:17 PM 

Somare must also be conscious of the fact that, casualities are usually big and hard felt when by chance the tide somehow turns in another party's favour.

PNG democracy has a multi-party system. The right to rule is not inherited from someone's prvate corner.

Let us have some fairness!



 
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Anonymous

Be realistic for better change

May 4 2005, 9:44 AM 

Fellow Papua New Guineans, I do agree with your comments about the current appointments in top posts in Papua New Guinea. But before we get carried away with all these, lets be realistic about the political, economical and social instabilities in the country for the last 30 years.

The down fall of Papua New Guinea's economic that have greater impact on social and infrastructure development is the cause of political instabilities, corruptions and mis-management in high places in the system of the government.

In the past, we have seen appointments to the public offices were done by the political appointment which have strong flavour of wantok-system and nepotism being played. Eventhough, the positions were fairly distributed, it also didn't turn out well.

The current situation about the top government appointments only focus most to specific region or regions, not because its a must to do, but to provide stability and improve better committed workforce for better Papua New Guinea.

For better Papua New Guinea, the government has to be realistic with the past problems and improve from that. The current appointments doesn't favour regionalism, but favour better Papua New Guinea for brighter future.

 
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Katamandu

Government to be blamed

May 4 2005, 3:37 PM 

Wednesday 04th May, 2005

I think government of PNG now should concentrate more on creating employment opportunities for young men and women who leave formal education each year. Where are the government going to employ these people? Since independence, prime minister after prime minister, nobody seems to talk about the future of young people, that why many crimal activities and HIV/AIDS going on around the country. Government is to be blamed for this problems are happening in the country.

If government dont do anything from now then, more unemployment will occur, therefore, I support the Leader of the Opposition's comment onWednesday 04th May, 2005. Peter's statement was “Are you aware that every year over 60,000 young men and women leave formal education and end up in the streets of major towns throughout the country because they are unable to find employment or continue their education?”

This is true, can government do something about this rather than spending money on unnecessary things.





 
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Cut n paste

Chief defends jobs

May 6 2005, 11:55 AM 

Chief defends jobs

PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare yesterday had to defend the appointment of George Sulliman as Auditor General of PNG following criticisms that top jobs in government departments and statutory corporations are being given to people from one area and province.

The attack came from Alotau MP Issac Taitibe, who alleged that the government had turned a blind eye on the changes to the Public Services Management Act meant to promote appointments based on merit.

Mr Taitibe said the changes were supposed to act as transparent guide in appointments of suitably qualified people, and the established criteria and guidelines would assist in eradicating “phony pretenders, cronies and nepotism based on regional politicization of jobs.”

“The latest example is the recent appointment of a junior and inexperienced officer without following proper and legal procedures to the sensitive post of Auditor General, who I believe is a nephew of the Prime Minister’s Executive Officer, setting a dangerous precedent that must be challenged for the good of all concerned, especially the dedicated public servants of this country.”

He asked why the law was totally ignored and by-passed. He described the appointment as a “farce”.
But the Prime Minister denied that cronyism and nepotism were at play.

http://www.thenational.com.pg/0506/nation18.htm



 
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PNGean

The fitly and Unforgivable side of SOMARE smacks of flippancy

June 8 2005, 11:11 AM 

The smirking billboard of the so-called "father of the nation" and "Chief" must be abdicated in shame because "ACTIONS" have undoubtedly proven that the titles are a pathetic fallacy and amounts to nothing if deeds/actions are the only credible yardstick of any exalted leader.

The sneering contempt and unrelentless flaying shown by Sir Michael Somare on the national goals of "equal participation" and "equity" in nation building undo all the positive things he had done for the country. That's a sad and poor way of closing one's chapter of political legacy. Why knowingly create disunity and regionalism?

The National Alliance party's manifesto during 2002 National Elections have been completely ignored.

The actions of blatant wantokisim is unbecoming of a chief, let alone a "fatherly figure". This is a dangerous trend. It must be condemned in the strongest terms the obvious common sense must be brought back to the front seat



PNGean
Port Moresby



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NA's power play

Iangalio 'sidelined' as Somare, Blake move in
By MORESI RUAHMA'A

THE Government has made sweeping changes to the boards of various State-owned authorities that are likely to attract criticisms from sectors of the community, including the Highlands faction of his National Alliance party.
In a number of changes approved last month, the Prime Minister's son Sana Somare was appointed to the Board of PNG Power, while Sir Michael's financial advisor Glen Blake was appointed to the board of the Independent Public Business Corporation.

Sana Somare was appointed to the PNG Power Board along with five others including Sari Maso, William Kinjibi, Thomas Laka, Brian Amini and John Jeffery, who will chair the board. The former board, which had NA co-founder John Nilkare on it, was shown the door.

This changed was done by Acting Minister for State Enterprises Patrick Pruaitch, using his ministerial powers and determination. The State Enterprises Ministry is held by the Prime Minister.
On the same day last month, Minister Pruaitch removed IPBC managing director Masket Iangalio as a director of the PNG Harbours Board, and stripped Dr John Mua of his position as Executive Chairman of the Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited.

Mr Iangalio no longer sits on the board of any of the statutory corporations. He was previously removed from the Telikom board, the Rural Development Bank board, and the PNG Power board. Sources say Mr Iangalio, another co-founder of the NA party, could be on his way out. The IPBC Board is chaired by lawyer Sumasi Singin, the Prime Minister's legal advisor.

Dr Mua has been made managing director of MVIL, and will now report to new Executive Chairman Erimas Waratoj. Danny Tjoeng is a new board member appointed by Mr Pruaitch.

Asked to comment on the appointment of Mr Sana Somare and Mr Blake to the PNG Power and IPBC Board respectively, the Prime Minister's Media Unit issued a one liner saying: "the Minister exercised his powers in accordance with the IPBC Act".

A government source contacted about the appointments said it appeared that the IPBC Board did not have a say in the appointment.
"Such appointments would normally go to the IPBC before the Minister gives the approval, so each candidate is properly screened," the source said.
"IPBC's prudential guidelines are necessary to run these organizations, but it seems IPBC is being isolated from all these state owned enterprises."
Other appointments made include the appointment of Managing Directors of NASFUND Rob Mitchell and POSF Leon Buskins to the board of Telikom PNG. Removed from the board was director Milo Timini.

The source said this gives the impression that the government might attempt another bid to sell Telikom, but with the superfunds as active participants.
Air Niugini also has a new board member, Sir Frederick Reiher. Captain Paon Nonggor and Hugo Berghuser were dumped top make way for him.
Meanwhile, the Highlands faction of the National Alliance plan to hold a meeting to express concern about "being marginalized", a source said. The meeting is planned for the end of the month. The source refused to say who is spearheading the meeting.

Source: http://www.thenational.com.pg/0608/nation1.htm


 
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Maleo Velvel

Re: The fitly and Unforgivable side of SOMARE smacks of flippancy

June 8 2005, 11:27 AM 

It was a group of bully beef guys at that time (everybody else was somewhere at home) that decided he was going to be some chief. He took it on and that's where he's now. Was he the best then and now? The fruit of the pudding is in the eating!

 
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Highlander

Highlands Faction of NA played for a fool

June 8 2005, 1:08 PM 

Behold,,,the day of englightenment has dawned!!

It is now clear that Somare has used the highlanders for his benefit and sinister motives which are now evident. The Highlands faction of the NA need to seriously reconsider their position in government. Events unfolding in the last few days suggests so.

It would be interesting to see NAs popularity in the Highlands in the next elections.

 
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Anonymous

Re: The filty and Unforgivable side of SOMARE smacks of flippancy

June 8 2005, 1:26 PM 

The "Southern region and Higlanders" need a re-think on their continued association with a party that has no sense of ethnically and regionally centered.

An all inclusive party that has a nationalistic outlook and approach is the logical way forward. I don't know if anyone of the other existing political parties have a truly unified PNG agenda on their platforms.

The NA party is a huge embarassement to the country in the face of a global village.



 
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Mangi blo Kol ples

Somare = Suharto

June 8 2005, 1:47 PM 

PNG is now seeing the emergence of a Family Dynasty so akin to the regime of the suharto family in Indonesia. It is a dangerous trand with family memebrs and close affiliates in powerful positions that might lead to corruption and wealth creation at the expense of the masses.

 
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PNGboi

Re: Somare = Suharto

June 8 2005, 2:26 PM 

Bullschit!!! The Somare's do not control the army nor do they control billions in wealth. The population does not cringe in fear of the name Somare. Stop exaggerating the problem and parallelng Somare to Suharto.

 
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acl

Re: Somare = Suharto

June 9 2005, 9:05 PM 

Somare does not have to control the millitary or be a dictator like Suharto to control this nation, what he is doing right now is trying to grab power, that is passive power as opposed to cohesive power. Suharto had both, Somare knows that he cannot get both so is going for the silent approach which may bring less criticism and opposition. But we the people of PNG will not let him and and will strive for fairness and equality.

acl

 
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