By STAFF REPORTERS
PRIME Minister James Marape has dared Opposition Leader Belden Namah and Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill to move a motion of no confidence against him because they will fail.
“We have more than 90 MPs associated with the Pangu Pati-led government. (And) most of the 111 MPs are (now) busy preparing for the 2022 general election (and do not wish) to be enticed by this duo,” Marape said in a statement yesterday.
“MPs are not keen on causing instability in the country through yet another no-confidence vote (by) Namah and O’Neill.”
Namah said he would move a motion of no confidence against Marape when the 18-month grace period for a new government ends on Nov 30.
Parliament is expected to sit next month for the tabling of the 2021 National Budget.
Marape was responding to Namah’s statement that the motion of no confidence was a “reality check”.
“A reality check on what? If he is referring to numbers, he can test them if he wants to as the prime minister’s seat is not my birthright,” Marape said.
He described Namah and O’Neill as “strangest of bedfellows, the stuff of a Hollywood blockbuster, who should carry out a reality check on themselves”.
“In 2011, O’Neill took over power from Sir Michael Somare while he was on his sick bed in Singapore with his henchman Namah storming the courthouse and chasing out an esteemed judge,” Marape said.
“Their political marriage, however, was short-lived as they divorced.
“It is ironic that O’Neill was locked up by police earlier this year because of a complaint by Namah six years ago.
“However, Namah was first to meet him outside the cell and was all apologetic.
“The worst of enemies are now the best of friends, or so it seems.”
Marape said his government was trying to clean up the mess created by O’Neill in the past eight years.
“Over the past 18 months, we have been busy cleaning up the dark clouds of gloom, doom and despair of the O’Neill era,” he said.
Marape was finance minister in the O’Neill cabinet but resigned in April last year.
Namah said the motion of no confidence was to remove Marape who came into office on May 30, 2019.
The 18-month grace period is expected to end on Nov 30.
“So far, (Marape) has delivered nothing,” Namah said.
“He failed to set the foundation to take back PNG to make it the first richest black Christian country in the world in 10 years’ time as he promised doing his maiden speech.
“His 18 months in the office was nothing but just a talk show.”
By STAFF REPORTERS