Lufa MP Silupa gets the sack

National, Normal

ANOTHER National Alliance (NA)  parliamentarian has been sacked by a provincial branch following precedent set by East New Britain.
Lufa MP and Vice- Health Minister Yawa Silupa has been expelled from the Eastern Highlands NA branch and given 14 days to respond to allegations against him.
The allegations were not disclosed to the media.
The meeting resolutions sent to the media stated that the 14-day notice was in accordance with the Constitution and the code of conduct and selection of candidates guidelines.
Mr Silupa, in response, said yesterday that these so-called executives had been voted out of office after the dismal performance of the NA in the 2007 national elections.
“I am the only NA MP representing Eastern Highlands since the 2002 national elections.”
Mr Silupa said after the 2007 elections, these executives were replaced by a new team and he expressed surprised how these former executives were using the NA letterhead to push for their own selfish interest.
The vice-minister accused the former executives of being jealous of what he had been doing for his electorate and the province.
Mr Silupa said he had made presentation to party leader and Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and deputy leader of the Highlands NA Don Polye last Friday over this issue.
“I am the only NA party member in the province and father of Eastern Highlands NA.”
The resolution of the executive meeting No: 01/2010 sent to the media and the MP which stated Mr Silupa’s expulsion from the party was signed by chairman and foundation member Auwo Ketauwo, deputy chairman Kempri Tapao, secretary Steven Yanopa, treasurer Rachel Karre, Philip Stagg foundation member and women representative Alice Koito.