In the midst of corruption, lact of corporate governance and political wheeling dealing I think we ought to be looking towards a person who always stands for righteousness, gender equality, support for the oppressed and downtrodden (thats us) and a critique of the corrupt.
I believe that person is Dame Kidu. We do not have to look far to find decent leadership. At this point in time we cannot trust our male black, yellow or white Papua New Guinean politicians to lead this country because of the strong stench of corruption they reek of.
So we must look at our female leaders, as mothers who a VOTED in through popular consensus (not appointed to parliament) to drive this country out of the swamp.
It is very possible but Politicians especially male politicians have a ver skrewed way of thinking and may never want to be under a women as her party leader. This does pose a problem. Unless Dame Carol's party wins and the party leader appointed her to be the next PM.
What are we looking for in a Prime Minister??, the ability to lead us further into failed statehood?
All our male politicians have been doing just that for the last 30 years. They are all climbing over each other for positions, perks and the potential to make or increase their personal or family fortunes. None of the people suggested in the various threads of this website have the moral fibre, the leadership quality, intelligence, the heart and the foresight to lead this country in our current failed state to a better future.
From all the mail in these sites that I have read, they are all about me and now. The me and now voices are because our male leaders have let us slide backwards in development and there are no "tomorrow voices"
Lady Kidu has the moral fibre, the leadership quality, intelligence, heart and foresight to begin turning the parliament's Mr 10% culture upside down and bring respectability and direction in. We have miss-spent our votes on corrupt leaders who have destroyed our livelihood. So now lets give a female leader a vote on behalf of our children whose future we owe for bringing them into this world.
I am also a great supporter of Lady Kidu. I have met her several times and she even gave up her seat for me on an international flight once because it had more leg room and I was too big.
I met a retired public servant in a remote area of Madang recently and out of the blue he says, "Lady Kidu is the best and greatest leader PNG has ever had but nogat man long sapotim em." I was taken aback by the wisdom of this man.
Lady Kidu is one person in a sea of corrupt politicians. Sapos yumi laikim em, we need to support candidates associated with her.
I am not happy that Tkatchenko and Mary Karo are challenging her. We will see the integrity of the voters in that electorate.
Lady Kidu, if the people of Port Moresby reject you for the lamb flaps and other goodies, come run in Madang in 2012. Igat planti ol bikpela mangi bilong Madang ol laikim yu ya, we will make sure we put you in. We will stand with our women and return you, we have had enough of all the so-called "self serving men" in our society.
Mary Karo, whilst she has the democratic right to run I think its utterly disgusting as a female candidate to challenge Lady Kidu for her seat.
She should have contested for another electorate were there are only male candidates. Going against a female candidate is just so nonsensical, more so in PNG politics were we are trying our utmost to field female candidates into the Haus Tambaran.
I do not question her integrity but challenging Lady Kidu seems to me totally stupid.
Mary Karo is a promiscuous conniving corrupt and expired NCDC female politician who has the leastest chance of being voted into Parliament. The fact that a woman like this is contesting the elections is an insult to all motuan peoples. Such a person without a thread of moral fibre should be satisfied with her consul job in Cairns and not bother misleading and wasting peoples time.
Anyway as the other writers have expressed. Let her embarrass herself contesting against Lady Kidu.
My wife reently heard Mary Kao claiming publicly that Dame Carol has stolen all the money from her electorate.Considering the background of this Karo woman and her conniving cuckholded husband she should be spending the rest of her life laying on Bill Skate's tomb.
MORESBY South MP Dame Carol Kidu says she will be seeking legal advice on alleged defamatory statements made against her by an intending candidate for the electorate.
Dame Carol claimed the candidate had allegedly made the statements in the electorate’s settlement areas that she (Dame Carol), among others things, misappropriated K1.5 million every year for the last 10 years.
“I accept that politics is always dirty but I also maintain that there is a limit to the level of that dirtiness.
“However, when an intending candidate actually tells deliberate lies that are defamatory in nature, that is another matter,” she said.
Dame Carol said a number of people had compiled reports on what the candidate said and were brought to her.
To back her claim, Dame Carol said the candidate actually sent a Letter to the Editor and was published on Dec 13, 2006 which was headlined “MPs must acquit K2.2 million”.
She said the claims were false as she did not sign cheques or personally dealt with electorate funds that the National Capital District Commission holds.
“Acquittals of funds and the process of applying for projects are managed by the joint district planning and budget priority committee,” she said.
The candidate allegedly also made discriminatory statements that Dame Carol was not a Papua New Guinean, that she was a “white woman and had white blood”.
The minister said several people had expressed their willingness to be witnesses in court.
I empathise with Lady Kidu. This is the kind of rubbish that we have come to expect from self interested PNGans during elections. How disgusting!
Such people really have nothing to offer the electorate except lies and deceit inorder to scare and con the people into voting them in so that they can bleed the nation dry.
One of the biggest cons that actually works with the voters and 99% of candidates use is that of personal attacks and outright lies. They only want to scare the voters, they have nothing to offer except fear and ignorance. Sadly, much of the electorate actually believes them. If only our electorate was better educated.
Anyone who tries to scare you, harrass you or tell you to blame the foreigners for our lot really have no answers for PNG. They only know how to scare you and to tell you whose fault it is, they have no answers. Beware of such people, their motives are certainly not good.
If Papua New Guinea is to progress any, we need a process by which candidates who have nothing to offer except fear, prejudice and bigotry ought not to be allowed to contest in elections. It demeans us all.
IT is remarkable that two of the strongest voices for honour and principle in our community should be Papua New Guinean citizens born in other countries. Dame Carol Kidu has displayed enviable non-involvement in the dark nooks and crannies of politics while losing no opportunity to fight for those she and tens of thousands of Papua New Guineans see as her own people.
It is an ironic comment on the mentality of those who would unseat her that the only weapons they can find to use against her target the very honour and principles for which she has unwaveringly stood since election to the House.
The second strong voice is that of the Catholic Archbishop of Port Moresby Sir Brian Barnes, whose trademark bluntness and matter of fact approach accurately reflect the beliefs of many silent Papua New Guineans.
At one level, Dame Carol has flown the flag of responsibility, obligation and decency by choosing to work through the people of her electorate. She has achieved significant results in a sector that many, if not most parliamentarians have shunned and shunted into their capacious too-hard baskets. Nobody could accuse Dame Carol of ignoring her people; she and her family have become an integral part of that community, much as Sir Percy Chatterton did in the past. And that community has responded to her energy and her enthusiasm time and again.
Sir Brian also holds responsibility, obligation and decency high among the virtues needed in contemporary PNG. None of those virtues could be regarded as easy attributes. They demand an unflinching commitment to the truth and the courage and determination to fight in the public arena for their wider acceptance. One of these two remarkable people is a woman. In PNG, that is a position of weakness. Ours is a society that has scant time for any woman who dares venture outside of a narrow framework of male-approved parameters.
Dame Carol has succeeded in that venture; this eminently practical and down-to-earth woman is well on the way to becoming an icon as a woman, a politician and a Papua New Guinean. We are sure she would actively dismiss that perception, seeing it as a potential obstruction to fulfilling the demands of both her office and her own character. But we believe that Dame Carol would allow herself a small smile of satisfaction if she could witness the beginnings of a dedicated cadre of other women members taking their seats in Parliament.
The other remarkable figure is a man of the church. It has become fashionable cant to suggest that those involved in saving souls should not bother themselves with saving nations or peoples.
The archbishop has demonstrated that he gives short shrift to such illogical and self-serving sophistry. Naturally Archbishop Barnes is committed to developing the spiritual life of PNG; that is the onerous role he has accepted within the church and the community. But this is a man of practical Christianity, one who understands that the role of the church is by definition all embracing and in no sense limited solely to the pursuit of spiritual purity. Sir Brian described PNG’s litany of corruption, deceit and mismanagement of power as “disappointing to say the least, depressing and often infuriating”. Those were the words of a leader, a person used to dissecting and analysing the life of the whole community. The archbishop clearly does not wish to be counted among some of the less courageous of his flock, church leaders who deal with the failings of secular society by separating themselves from its machination. He sees the obvious needs of his country and he seeks to inspire our leaders to meet them. In his Easter address, he touched on a wide range of subjects – the hesitation of whether or not to delay the national election, the failure to table the Guns Committee Report, the unrealistic free education promises, the Moti saga inquiry, the Finance Department investigations, and by inference a host of other known ills afflicting this country.
PNG is fortunate to have these two individuals who work without hesitation to contribute towards bettering our nation. Both seek only one reward – a positive outcome to their efforts on our behalf.
In an ideal world, Carol Kidu would be a solid candidate given that she has displayed both the morality and conviction that we so desire in our leaders. Unfortunately the reality is that she is a political lightweight who lacks the nouse and power to succeed. I hope she is returned to parliament as we need more of her ilk in Waigani.
All said and (not)done. Dame Kidu needs many of us who actually believe in her as a leader to begin lobbying on her behalf. One of the greatest assets she has is her heart for her Motuan people who she has witnessed trampled time and again on land, cultural, economic and social arenas. Not many motuan women can claim they have their people at heart. And likewise she does have the same concern for the nation and is now blossoming into our national conciousness and hopefully the national conscience too.
While this may not be the era where we the people and politicians alike are able to demonstrate sanity, common sense and rationality in the direction we want our country to take we each can still contribute to a road map to having better leadership in future through mobilizing human hearts and minds in PNG now. And veer away from the "free cash and free lamb flab disbursement feasting" culture. Our extremely high birth rates mean we need to plan now for leadership that will establish the political structure with urgency that will bear and support that huge extra weight burden that our children in future will place on the country's economy and social services. So lets begin mobilizing for Dame Kidu.
it is easier to defeat you enemy from within.
Obviously, these other women candidates have been put up to split the women's vote. Then the waters are muddied, by unfounded accusations and innuendo. Maybe that will cost Dame Carol another 1%, and so on, and so on.
If you get rid of Dame Carol, it will set PNG politica back another decade.