I AM disappointed after reading a news article about Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua commenting on a road project in the electorate.
Kua announced that the recently upgraded 10km Mata-Parua road would be economically unwise to fund as it did not served a lot of people.
Instead, he wanted to divert the funds (K3 million) given by the prime minister and the Works Department, through the public investment programme, to purchase machinery and vehicles for the district.
Kua’s request was rejected more than once.
If he had been successful, who knows what would have happened?
People of Mata-Parua are not fools to be played around with.
It was right for Kua to thank the prime minister and the Works Department, but to see a picture of him standing beside the upgraded road which he initially opposed, is a mockery to the people of Mata-Parua.
Credit should be given to one of our own sons, Amos Bagle, who made the effort to access the funds through the Works Department to upgrade this section of the road.
It is a slap on the face for the people to see a man who rejected the project stealing the spotlight.
Kua, the Petroleum Minister, should apologise to the people of Mata-Parua, including Bagle, for attempting to sabotage and deny the rehabilitation of the road at the very first instance.
Now that the road is in a good condition, Kua should inject some funds towards the improvement of line drainage and culverts to deter it from succumbing to weathering, which is common in the sub-standard road from Wara Simbu to his very own Mai village.
The reason Kua was invited to the opening of the road project to deliver his speech was to consolidate some district development authority commitments, but yet, to the people’s dismay, he has failed them.
No commitment was made to further counter fund our road.
Instead, he has made our people dance to the music of his lousy K100,000 opening celebration gift.
Sinasina-Yongomugl is a densely-populated electorate with hundreds of highly-educated people in various walks of life.
The illiterates and the semi-educated supporters can be fooled, but not the ones who can see what he’s doing.
We find it very difficult to understand his rhetoric of “real change”.