Hela MP blasts chairman over adjourned meeting

The National,Friday July 1st, 2016

TWO contestants for the Hela governor’s seat, their council presidents and appointed members had a heated argument following the cancellation of an assembly meeting on Tuesday.
Koroba-Kopiago MP Philip Undialu and Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape started the argument and were joined by their factions inside the assembly hall in Tari.
The meeting was purposely called by chairman of the provincial assembly to elect a new governor replacing the late Anderson Agiru and for the swearing in of a new assembly member.
Chairman and Komo LLG president Thomas Potape went into the chamber and after seeing that some council presidents from failed LLG elections and appointed members who were not supposed to vote were present, he called off the meeting and postponed it to July 28.
Potape, who is also a deputy governor, told the chamber that there were some issues that needed to be settled before the next meeting.
This prompted Undialu to stand up and call on the chairman who was already walking out the door, to return to his seat and start the meeting.
He said that it was not a proper for the chairman to just walk in and postpone the meeting.
MP Potape and his factions supported the move taken by the chairman.
They said the chairman has the power in the provincial assembly and had made a ruling.
Finance Minister and Tari-Pori James Marabe MP, who sat with Undialu, intervened and stopped arguments from the both sides.