MANUS National Alliance branch has condemned the sacking of Pomio MP and Planning Minster Paul Tiensten.
Branch secretary and NA council member representing the youths in the Islands region, Hilary Malai, in condemning the actions of the East New Britain branch executives, said since Mr Tiensten’s term in office, he had brought about many developments to the people of East New Britain, Pomio and the country.
He said what the ENB NA branch had done was regrettable, adding that under the leadership of Mr Tiensten, the NA New Guinea Islands bloc had benefited a lot and mostly the people of East New Britain and they should be the last to criticise him.
Mr Malai pointed out that ENB alone hosted several national priority projects including the K7 million for Kerevat National High School maintenance, K5 million cocoa pod borer prevention and integrated coconut processing plant.
“For ENB NA party branch president John Itinge and his executives to sack Mr Tiensten is a shame to the people of ENB and New Guinea Islands,” he said, adding that an such action would bring instability in the NA solidarity in the NGI region.
Mr Malai said Mr Tiensten had been an active minister and contributed significantly to nation building, particularly his contribution to bringing in one of PNG’s largest investment in the multi-billion kina LNG project.
“Also under his portfolio as the Minister for National Planning, PNG has for the first time seen transformation in rural areas through the allocation of the district services improvement programme funding.”