The National – Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal cited insubordination and incompetence as primary reasons for the sacking of two senior ministers.
Commentators and protesters against the sacking should realise the negative effects would pose great risk to progress and governance at the national level.
This year has been marked as the year of implementation of Vision 2050 and other medium-term development strategies.
This has been the policy statement made repeatedly by the acting prime minister in his public statements.
In order for major government programmes or policies to come to fruition, there is a great need for binding qualities such as submissiveness, loyalty, stability, competence and support for the acting prime minister.
These leadership qualities should be responsibly demonstrated by ministers, members of parliament, departmental heads and anyone else for that matter.
The acting PM acted in the best interest of the nation to sacrifice his brother from Enga, Don Polye, and his fellow highlands countryman William Duma.
If he had not taken action, it would have cost this country.
Effects of insubordination from ministers are:
* Ministers wander off doing their own things rather than committing to government policy and leadership;
* Ministers become ignorant and arrogant and fail to adhere to directives in making sure development programmes are implemented; and
* Failure and lax in executing ministerial duties and responsibilities are ultimately viewed as government failure and incompetence by the public.
Therefore, for the sake of stability, public confidence and smooth implementation of government policies and programmes which are of immense national interest, the acting prime minister was compelled to clear the immediate obstacles.