Accountability must start from top leadership

Letters, Normal

The National, Monday November 11th, 2013

 JOHNSON Luimark’s letter on Oct 31 highlighted an important issue of ethical standards of true leadership in a democratic system, where leaders step aside from the office they hold when implicated. 

Although there are no clear empirical evidence to prove the degree of correlation of the failure to adhere to simple but important ethical standards of conduct with the rising issues of governance and lawlessness, the implications of this on the moral decay cannot be underestimated. 

PNG is a land of opportunity, but sadly, the greatest challenge that confronts it is the rule of law. 

How can the rule of law be implemented to the letter and for the good of the nation if the people in power continue to misuse their positions of authority for personal gains? 

Where do we draw the line and more importantly, how can our so-called leaders stand straight and tall to dispense their duties and responsibilities without fear and favour in the eyes of the people they claim to represent? 

PNG leaders continue to hide behind their status as prime ministers, ministers, MPs and senior bureaucrats because the society allows them to do so. 

This will change for the better when we, the public, through the help of the media are critical of such behaviour by not shying away from calling the sin by its name and holding those responsible to account for their wrongs. 


Robert Lutulele, Via email