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Accord signed to form Strong PNG Opposition

An accord was signed at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby last Friday by the Alliance group to consolidate the new Papua New Guinea opposition in the country’s 10th parliament.

The accord was signed by all 46 members of the opposition in a show of solidarity and determination.

Leader of the National Alliance (NA) party, MP for Aitape-Lumi Patrick Pruaitch said the Accord is an agreement that will pave way for them to do business as an alternative government.

“I want to assure the people in this country that this team is serious and we will give this government the time to look at correcting the mismanagement of this country, particularly the economy.

“So getting to that today is a start for our team (and) we look forward to taking our seats on August 22 when parliament resumes.”

Pangu leader and member for Bulolo Sam Basil said that the accord will ensure we are one and nothing will break the team.

“We will continue to build the numbers until we get rid of the (PNC) government,” he added.

Member for Northwest Sir Mekere Morauta said that the Accord binds the members through their various parties to work together to restore democracy to the country.

“We want to provide PNG an ethical and competent government that is PNG and weed out corruption which is a cancer eating the body of this country and to strengthen the governance in the private sector.

“We will work together to ensure important oversight institutions are strengthened because when those institutions are working together independently but together that is where transparency and accountability is promoted,” Sir Mekere said.

“The alliance immediately went through a series of meetings where we sat down and analysed where we as leaders will position ourselves to fight for the interest of the people,” Governor for Northern Province and alliance member, Gary Juffa said.

“We will put together a more structured approach towards ridding this nation of the dictatorship that has crept up over five years and we can develop laws that are in the best interest of our land owners and we can have a fair taxation regime,” he added.

The accord stands on dealing with the country’s outstanding issues and working towards building a strong alternative government for PNG.

Priority areas mentioned are education, health and the country’s natural resources which the Alliance promised, will be looked at closely in terms of driving the PNG economy.

The Alliance includes the National Alliance, Pangu Party, THE Party, Melanesian Liberal Party, PNG Party, Coalition Reform Party, People’s Movement for Change Party and PNG National Party and a number of independents led by Sir Mekere Morouta.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Gari Baki has made an earnest and last minute plea for an end to the post-election related violence in the Enga and Southern Highlands Provinces.

For Enga he has asked former Opposition leader Don Polye and MP-elect Alfred Manse to rein in their supporters, who are currently fighting each other.

Both ran for the highly volatile and contested Kandep seat, which they have been at loggerheads over for the last couple of elections.

This has resulted in six deaths and massive destruction to both public and private property and infrastructure.

All businesses and operations have either come to a standstill or resorted to limited operating times.

The rest of the population in the electorate has been living in fear and has pleaded for police intervention.

In the Southern Highlands counting for the Regional seat was moved to the Kimininga Police Barracks in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province, for fear of escalated violence following a reported six deaths as well.

Commissioner Baki said apart from the police the onus was on the local leadership to contain their tribesmen from causing further deaths and destruction of property.

For the Kandep electorate he said both Polye and Manase had to be accountable and man-enough to call off their warring tribesmen and restore peace and order.

He said police were engaged in the prevention of destruction of public property and had saved the bulk of it “so the onus is on the two gentlemen to stop the fighting immediately.


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