Ministers’ sacking must be reviewed

Letters, Normal

The National – Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AS a citizen living overseas, I have been following the recent political turn of events leading to the sacking of two senior ministers and would like to make the following observation.
The conspiracy theorists, including some very learned men in the likes of a PhD holder and the editorial of the other newspaper, had raised some very serious and unfounded speculations based on assumptions.
They reason, in their limited intellectual capacity, the events as consequences of some master political tactician behind the scene, choosing to ignore the facts that forced the hands of the acting prime minister.
Misled by the provocative commentaries from these conspiracy theorists, the semi-literate populace had taken to the streets, demanding the reinstatement of the two ministers to their respective portfolios as the sackings had thrown the coalition government into disarray.
The prime minister or, in this case, the acting prime minister has the prerogative and the Constitution of PNG to hire or fire any minister, who to his opinion and with the advice of his aides, is considered “unfit” to perform his duties and the two ministers know this very well.
This situation of being “unfit” was clarified by editorial of The National last Friday, giving an insight view as the reason for the termination of one minister, while the termination of the other on reasons of insubordination remains to be seen.
In the Melanesian culture, especially in PNG, a brotherly tie is one unseen yet strong bond that even the English language dictionary is unable to succinctly define, let alone political tactician from behind the scenes tactfully untie between the two distant cousins – Sam Abal and Don Polye.
What has Abal to gain from sacking Polye?
Abal, being the prime minister’s choice to serve as caretaker, was surely looking to Polye and the highlands NA faction for support and did he get it?
We assume that there must have been some discussions behind the scenes amongst the highlands faction of NA, which was the basis for the opposition leader’s maiden policy debate on the appointment of a new prime minister.
Why did the Chief, in all his experience and wisdom, appoint Abal to assume the role of a caretaker PM in his absence over Polye?
Since whatever goes around has the general tendency to always comes around, has Polye been planning something that came back to haunt him, leading to a few members of the Enga branch of NA to hastily expel Abal from the NA party?
It has always been human nature to put the blame on someone else when certain situations became hostile and the reaction from the conspiracy theorists has been exactly that.
Instead of blaming the Chief, his son Arthur, the Momase leaders or the faceless master tactician behind the political scene, Polye has to now come clean as a leader, humble himself and admit as to what he did that led to his sacking.
His brother, Abal, is bound by moral and ethical reasons not to expose that weak part of Polye.


Wabo Wossa