NCD Regional candidates collaborating to unseat Parkop
May 1, 2017Report by MEROLYN TEN
The majority of candidates contesting in the NCD regional seat intend to work together purposely to remove the sitting MP and Governor Powes Parkop.
At a gathering last Friday in Port Moresby, four candidates including Michael Kandiu, Jamie Maxtone-Graham, James Melegepa and Vamaga Stow voiced their election intentions particularly to bring forth a huge challenge against Mr Parkop.
“We will be working as a team against Mr Parkop as we are dissatisfied with the developments seeing that people have no home and are still living in poverty,” said Mr Kandiu.
He said with the kind of funds NCD receives, by now all settlements should be transformed into suburban areas.
“Why are people in the squatter settlements and villages of Motu-Koitabu still using toilet pits, no power supply and some are still fetching water from a long distance for survival?” he queried.
“It is unfair to see our own people have been evicted from places which they call their homes, and where they have been settling for decades. Land have been taken by force and given to Asians to do small trade stores which Papua New Guineas should be doing,” he said.
Mr Melegepa added that the city truly needs to be fundamentally changed so that people could no longer live in poverty.
Stow said small men and women who have been voting leaders into power must be part and parcel of the development in the city and they must feel the impact of the positive development.
“It is a total joke to host a big event like the APEC meeting when people are still living in poverty. We have to look at our people’s need and fix them before going out. If it means for us to cancel the 2018 APEC meeting and focus on people then we should do that,” said Mr Maxtone-Graham.
During a telephone correspondence yesterday afternoon, Mr Parkop referred to those concerns as ‘Wannabe leaders promoting negativity’.
“It is sad for people like Jamie Maxtone-Graham, who has been rejected in the past elections, to come preach here. We should talk about solutions and great vision for our city,” Mr Parkop said.