Then National, Tuesday 11th September, 2012
GUT Nius Lutheran church head bishop David Piso has commended Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for dropping the controversial Judicial Conduct Act.
Piso, representing more than two million Lutherans in the country, said for the good of the nation, he welcomed the move.
He said O’Neill, as a good thinking leader recognised, where he went wrong in passing the Act.
He said the country had a vibrant judiciary and it would not function properly when parliament tried to control it.
“I was happy when O’Neill said he will drop the act,” he said.
Piso commended O’Neill for showing true leadership by appointing members supporting Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare in his court battle challenging his election as prime minister as ministers in his cabinet.
He said the notable ones were Wapenamanda MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato and Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua as attorney-general.
“To me, O’Neill clearly shows that he cares about the seven million people of this nation and is not biased when allocating portfolios,” he
He said these leaders had good reputations and contribute to nation-building.
“This is the kind of leadership that we want to have in this country and move it forward,” he said.
He said under O’Neill’s leadership, the people believed many changes would take place.
He called on O’Neill to work closely with churches to deliver goods and services.
He said churches must be treated as equal partners in nation building.
He said more than 50% of services in the rural and urban areas like health and education were provided by churches and they must be treated as equal partners in nation-building