June 1, 2017
Candidate for the Kandep open seat Alfred Manase has raised concerns over the fact that sitting MP and Opposition leader Don Polye is yet to visit his constituencies in Kandep.
Mr Manase believes Mr Polye is too afraid to front up to the people who are angered by his failure to deliver on promises and fulfill pledges that he had made during the previous election.
“If Mr Polye is to visit the people, he will have to confront his failures and that would be too glaring to accept. He would see schools, aid posts and roads that are unusable and be confronted by people angry with him over a clear lack of services in the Kandep region.”
Manase has also raised concerns over the campaign strategy being employed by Mr Polye during this election.
To date, the Opposition leader has not yet set foot in Kandep.
Mr Manase believes this might be indicative of Mr Polye’s plan to commit electoral fraud as he had allegedly done in the past.
“Don Polye is hiding from the people of Kandep, and is proof that he is too scared to face up to the people he has ignored for over a decade, ” Mr Manase said.
“I am now reading in the newspaper that he has chosen to attack the Electoral Commission, the one authority who will be there to stop him from cheating as he did in 2007 and 2012.”
“Don doesn’t want the PNG Defence Force in Kandep, either; he fears having a safe and secure election will stop his people from intimidating voters in Kandep with firearms.”
“Anyone who wants to be the prime minister of Papua New Guinea needs to respect democracy. Mr Polye’s attack on the PNGDF, the Electoral Commission and local police who are not ‘loyal’ to him shows that democracy is something Don wishes he didn’t have to deal with.”
“I have spent the entire campaign period visiting the people of Kandep and seeing firsthand the consequences of Polye’s 15-year leadership. There are no roads, schools are falling apart, and there is no healthcare. What has he done with his DSIP funds?”
“Don should stop being a coward and face the people he has let down. He should not be allowed to call himself the alternative prime minister while his people are suffering like this.”
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June 1, 2017
May 26, 2017 – BY MATTHEW VARI
Pangu Party vows to rid corruption in PNG in first 100 days in office
A Pangu Party-led government will prosecute corrupt leaders in its first 100 days in office.
Pangu leader Sam Basil told the media yesterday he would ensure that all outstanding investigated cases against leaders, both at the parliamentary and bureaucratic level, were dealt with.
Corruption cases would be pursued vigorously and some leaders may face jail time, Mr Basil, who is Bulolo MP, said.
He said the state of the economy was also high on the 100-day agenda if the voters put Pangu in office to form government.
Pangu Party, the oldest political party in PNG, has been a bitter opponent of the Peter O’Neill coalition government for the past five years.
“When we get into power and we find out where we are, we will announce our 100 days. Our 100 days will be very harsh,” Mr Basil said.
“All the outstanding cases and all the other issues about corruption, we have to deal with them to move forward, we cannot ignore them.”
“I don’t have the right to send people to jail, but what I mean is that we will make sure that everyone who has cases will have to answer for them.”
He said at the rate the country continues to borrow while in a caretaker government mode, does not bode well for an incoming government after the National Election.
“Our problem is the economy. We have to find out where our debt is so we can chart a way forward.”
“We have to make sure that we know how many loans we have, because we do not really know now. We are guessing K45 billion.”
Mr Basil said apart from both key undertakings, Pangu will also look to ensure Independent Commission Against Corruption gets first preference to be legislated.
“We want to announce many things that we want to do now, first of all we have bring back the taskforce and legislate ICAC.
“To make sure that ICAC comes into operation, Sam Koim will be brought back and he will start doing his job again. This is one of the things that we have failed to do.”
May 26, 2017 – Post Courier
Peter O’Neill became the first sitting Prime Minister to visit Sabama in Moresby South and was greeted by 7000 cheering locals for an early evening rally yesterday.
Community leaders greeted the PM, together with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko. Community leaders addressed the crowd before their elected leaders, giving an account of the changes in their area, particularly in education and healthcare, that have made a real difference to their lives.
The Prime Minister made it clear to the crowd that the Opposition has made it clear that they would cut funding for these services.
“We must continue with good change, and keep delivering free education and universal healthcare to our people, not the bad change the opposition wants, which will see these essential services cut.
“Do not turn back the turn back the clock, we must keep delivering free education for our children. Our country has a great future, and we have built strong foundations.”
The Member for Moresby South said the change in the district will see the leaders of some of the world’s biggest countries meet in the district next year.
“The Presidents of the United States, China, and Russia, and the Prime Minister of Japan, will be among world leaders who will meet in Moresby South at APEC Haus at Ela Beach.
“They will see the change that is taking place in our country and our city.”
Governor Parkop said it is time to keep embracing change. “Change does not happen because of any of us working alone.
“Because of our Prime Minister, and our Members including Justin Tkatchenko, we are delivering change in Port Moresby.
“We delivered the Pacific Games, we delivered FIFA, and we will deliver the Rugby League World Cup and APEC.
“By working in partnership we are building a world class national capital city for our country.”