THE deputy prime minister post should go to a Bougainville leader.
The deputy PM post is likened to a carrot suspended on rope by either sides of the house to lure a party with the numbers.
Prime Minister James Marape may have a list of likely candidates as his deputy but for balance and equal power sharing he could perhaps consider giving it to a Bougainvillean leader.
The name that comes to mind is Timothy Masiu, member for South Bougainville.
He had demonstrated strong leadership and loyalty to the Marape-led Government.
He is honest, humble and is among the few Christian leaders who yield true to the faith.
Giving the deputy PM post to Bougainville will not only help rekindle broken ties with the former troubled island but strengthen the Government’s resolve on broader engagement with Bougainville.
And the same if the Opposition comes to power.
A Bougainvillean should be considered for deputy prime minister’s post.