The National, Wednesday August 08th, 2012
MOST of the MPs supporting the new Peter O’Neill government are the same people who were with Sir Michael Somare when he was in government.
The notable ones missing are Arthur Somare, Sir Arnold Amet, Tony Aimo and Timothy Bonga.
PNG needs a new direction.
After 37 years of independence, we need to move away from the old way of thinking and keep up with the rest of the world.
We need new people who can lead us in that direction.
We need major reforms in our Constitution, corruption laws, election laws, security laws and most of all, the law which deals with resource ownership as the current one makes us, resource owners, beggars in our own country.
That was the reason PNC Party, T.H.E Party and PNG Party did very well as a group in this election.
However, with the recent political horse trading, they have all
lost the plot.
Will the new government deliver the reforms we want?
I believe an alternate choice of leaders would be to have Don Polye as prime minister and Belden Namah as the deputy since they have the numbers and are from different regions.
We need Joseph Lelang as finance minister and Richard Maru as agriculture minister.
Others who should also be included are people such Gary Juffa, Powes Parkop, Justin Tkatchenko, Kelly Naru, Loujaya Ton, Ronnie Knight and other like-minded independent MPs.
With these key people, PNG will see major positive changes.
There are other capable MPs with our founding fathers such as Sir Michael, Sir Julius Chan and Paias Wingti.
But I do not believe that they should be allowed to lead to make these changes.
If Sir Michael had relinquished the leadership to Polye, we would not be in the political crisis we had last year.