The National, Friday 18th November 2011
THE National Executive Council’s decision to rescind its decision to suspend Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia has turned it into a laughing stock.
Firstly, why the rush in making a silly decision in the first place?
There is a bunch of learned lawyers in the cabinet besides pre-eminent leaders such as Sir Mekere Morauta, Bart Philemon and Sir Puka Temu among others.
Our leaders have now lost their integrity and pride besides having their ego pricked.
Why did they mock their own intelligence for the sake of this half-baked decision?
Secondly, why was this decision rushed to the Government House to be signed by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio?
It was then rushed to the Government Printing Office for gazettal.
Many of us have reasonably concluded that this was a repeat of Aug 2.
The manner and speed of events had left us shaking our heads.
This was a serious breach of the Constitution and norm.
The point of concern now is the office of the head of state.
This office is a creature of the Constitution and, as such, the governor-general ought to have performed the duties of this office with greater care.
This office is not a “rubber-stamp” for the NEC.
It is not legally obliged to accept any document from the NEC.
It is supposed to vet and screen the legality and constitutionality of the documents coming before it.
The PNG Law Society president, Kerega Kua, is correct to say the office of the head of state needed to have qualified lawyers to ensure all NEC decisions are screened, vetted and cleared for the signature of the governor-general.
The contentious issue is that of the governor-general.
The events of Aug 2 and the chief justice saga point to the conclusion that politicians should never ever be appointed as governor-general.
It is compromising the office of the head of state.
Finally, the NEC’s decision to sack the chief justice only to have it rescinded is tantamount to making a mockery of the law.
The governor-general is also a laughing stock for he had brought the office of the head of state to disrepute.
Please stop this practice.
Kange all of what you say is true but you need to also read between the lines, trai na skelim, it is quite obvious that the NEC has made a behind the doors deal with Sir 'I'. I bet you that nothing will happen to the NEC in the SC and it will all be swept under the carpet.
Oh come now. You don't think Somare hasn't circumvented the constitution numerous times in the past? The only difference was that the opposition was too disorganised or stupid to challenge him in court.
There are as many different ways to break the constitution as there are sentences in the constitution. You're focusing on one aspect (it IS a big one) and CONVENIENTLY ignoring other ways in which the constitution has been trampled on (some major, some minor).
No difference. If you see a difference, its probably because you have a political agenda or political axe to grind. No problem with that except that no one would ever say that you were stepping back and looking at the big picture....... as any critical thinker would do automatically.
Man you are wrong there by saying one broke the law and the other did'nt, if you were reading articles on newspapers, maggazines, etc and critically analysing the trend in which this country has been governed since 2002 you will realise that the Somare government is the worst corrupt government in the History of PNG. What the o'neil govt is doing now is just taking on the precidence that Somare govt created. However, they are fighting corruption head on which the Somare govt encouraged to flourish.
Obviously one is more corrupt than the other. I see no harm in bending the constitution to topple a corrupt govt. it is in the best interest of the people and not an individual. no one is above the law even the chief justice and there should be no fear or favour, a govt that tackles corruption head on at such a time where our economy is flourishing is truly for the people. if the CJ is corrupt than he too should be removed and investigated just like any one else.
We have to wait and see what the SC ruling is. Either way both parties are rotten and corrupt to the core! It seems quite obvious there are some fast deals going on behind closed doors.
Sir 'I's position is being challenged then all of a sudden we see all these challenges being revoked. This is strange and only leaves 1 conclusion, DEAL, DEAL, DEAL! After all this is what politicians are all about to stay in power. I dont like it as much as anyone else but this is the reallity of it all and in the land of the unexpected dont be surprised if PO stays in power.
smells like the decision is going somare's way, @ least legally. Who knows what deals have been happening, but one would hope the judiciary is not compromised. Politics is fluid and if reports are semi-accurate, the previous somare regime has enticed some of these flimsy MP's back to their camp in anticipation of a decision in their favour. I reckon PO & Co will find some other creative way to throw a spanner in the works...
hahaha isn't this a politics board to share opinions and comments? so crucify me for not showing evidence...do you have anything better? let alone anything at all? But thats quite alright, if u have nothing to offer, then feel free to show your superior comprehension skills, well done wantok.
back at the ranch, may i just ask the question if the reports were in fact accurate that the somare regime is gathering numbers? The decision is indeed smelling like a somare victory- and the legal standpoint upon which this is based is s 142 of the constitution (which has not been complied with) need i show more evidence?
An important purpose of pngscape is for education. Most education comes outside of school. For one thing, we learn to be polite and not name call. Because name calling is usually the common practice of the uneducated.
I cannot help it but get confused at this current mess the NEC is making. First they kick the CJ's butt. Next they weep and sob in court with their lawyers feeling remorse for kicking his unkickable butt. (Holy Moses, help us.) The first thing i learnt in the law school about law was' LAW IS WHAT IT IS, AND NOT WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE. For the sake of stability in the remaining months before elections let the O'Niel and (whats his name, that crazy fellow from VANIMO) to lesd. Somare may be right in December 8, but for this time, let the law be WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE AND NOT WHAT IT IS. Over to you,,the bench wigs..to wag tails.
This is a discussion board for politics. While facts are important, thoughts and ideas are much more usefull because none of us really know what is going to happen.
Let me list some facts for all our benefit:
Fact 1 - Both groups are guilty of not respecting the intent and spirit of the constitution. This is bad leadership, O'neil/Nama group are just more willing to break laws and interprete laws in ways that the constitution never intended.
Fact 2 - O'neil/Nama group are willing to say yes to every group, unlike the Somare group who had no idea what they were doing.
Fact 3 - The attack on the CJ was politically motivated and had nothing to do with fighting corruption.
Fact 4 - There is nothing good about either political group except, Lady Kidu is on the other side of the house.
Fact 5 - Lady Kidu (perhaps one or two others) is the best politician in the entire parliament. The rest of them are only interested in what they can gain for their pockets.
A nice analysis and for once I see an attempt at being objective, ie looking at both sides and just looking at the facts without a hidden favouring of one side or the other. Good for you!
Lady Kidu has always been concerned about her pension from parliament which is why she always looked the other way when she saw or heard about corruption. She was a member of the most corrupt government our nation has ever known yet hardly spoke out about it. In my book, that is helping the corrupt, which makes her corrupt as well.
I'm unclear why the attack on the CJ would be politically motivated. The constitution says that any suspended judge (or maybe it is Supreme Court judge) can continue to finish all cases in progress. So what would it gain the O'Neill government to make him angry and suspend him, when he would still be allowed to hear the case?
If you are the only corrupt person in a corrupt environment, how do you stand out? By doing your best where you are. Look at Department of Community Affairs, no one wanted to be minister of that organisation, look at what Lady Kidu did to it? She raised its profile to where it is now.
Corruption will always be here because the environment facilites and encourages it to grow.
You can jail the 109 mps and all the senior public servants but so long as the enabling environment for corruption exists, there next lot of 109 Mps will also be corrupt.
Our systems and processes are so weak and dysfunctional that it does not matter how many people you put in jail, you will only succeed in overcrowding the jails!
Brata, you need to learn what the role of central and line agencies are. Their role is not to do the work themselves but to facilitate policy development and coordinate for the implementing agencies. It is the implenting agencies who are supposed to do the work.
In this case the implementation agencies are the provinces. The resources for those functions of Community Development (and other facilitating agencies) goes directly to the implementors. That is what the minimum priority grants are for.
Sorry to sound condascending but you might find this useful information.
First, a specific question: Is the concept of district treasuries established by the Natl government an example of this policy in action?
Second, a general suggestion: Bro, if you know your government policy well, think of the fact that 99% of PNGeans don't have a clue of how it works. Putting out your vast knowledge here is close to a waste of time because your words get quickly covered up and you reach only a few people.
If you really want to have an impact on people, write all this up as a handbook then not only get it published and sold in the uni bookshops but also put it on the internet, on your own site, for free access. Don't think about making money off this venture, otherwise you'll fail in your work catching fire and spreading throughout the literate population of PNG.
There's no such information available now that is easily accessible to average blokes like me. So please consider restructuring your time on the internet so that it has real impact. The results would be appreciated by more people than you'll ever realise.
Actually, the District Treasury is intended to bring financial services closer to the implementation agencies (it also could be a duplication of the BMS system, but thats another story) and to ensure that the Public Finance Management Act is complied with at the District level. This is an extension of the Department of Finance.
In relation to policies and informing everyone, that is not my role. Believe it or not, there are public servants who are paid to do this.
I am a private citizen who has a keen interest in systems and how they work (or more appropriately, how they should work).
In addition, I am a terrible writer and would not be able to find the time to write anything in this important area. God know's I am struggling still to finish my thesis.
All you learned person's ,when can we combine our efforts to force the current corrupt parliament to submission. About time we mobilize ourself and hold this parliament accountable. Were are weak too much tok, tok na no action and thats reflecting on the pollies. We must go into 2012 election now.
Words in this forum make no sense unless someone listens and act acordingly.
Thats exactly what it meant to be slack, inactive, no insight, lack of vision. Png as whole is what you have become accustom to ie complacency and too much tok, tok and no action. Come on wake up you waigani fellows.
buddy here is cut paste as requested for your view.
"The National, Friday 02nd December 2011
By JEFFREY ELAPA
NATIONAL Parliament Speaker Jeffery Nape has denied receiving K15 million as claimed recently by former attorney-general Sir Arnold Amet.
Nape, through his chief of staff Joe Bulage, said he had no knowledge of any payment made to him and called on Sir Arnold to reveal details of the payment.
Nape said it was unbecoming of a former chief justice and senior statesman to go public with statements without providing evidence.
Nape described the allegation as the work of desperate people with motives to discredit and tarnish his reputation and of the new-look service delivery-orientated government which he had engineered to install.
He said the opposition was using the situation and the East Sepik court reference to lure members into forming a government
“If the court decides otherwise, the floor of the parliament will still determine the government,’’ Nape said.
“And, since the current government has the numbers, it will continue to remain in office. Therefore, Sir Arnold and his desperate opposition members should stop playing cheap politics to tarnish a government that is weeding out corruption at all levels.”
He urged Sir Arnold to provide evidence of the payment with cheque butts, bank details and other particulars.
buddy stay tune. Arnold Amet and Somare family and cronies will collapse from heart attach after Dec 9 if court nullifies Oniel/Nama government.The speaker has the power on the floor of parliament.!!!!!