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
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.