By MIRIAM ZARRIGA
THE motion of no confidence is still on with Opposition Leader Belden Namah welcoming the decision of the withdrawal of Aitape-Lumi MP Patrick Pruaitch as the alternate prime minister.
In a statement, Namah said that the “the motion remains alive and must be dealt with by Members of Parliament in the coming sitting of Parliament on April 20.
“The Opposition will name a new candidate to replace Pruaitch and then it is up to Parliament to deliberate on and deal with the motion,” Namah said.
“This is nothing new, indeed, Pruaitch sponsored a replacement and put James Marape in his stead in the recent past, in 2019.”
Namah said as a responsible Opposition, they would press through with the motion for a vote of no confidence (VONC) and would also press on their court case on the VONC motion and the constitutionality of the 2021 Budget.
“The reasons for which this current motion was sponsored by a majority of 56 MPs remain the same,” he said.
Namah said the economy was crippled and the long-term effects would be dire for the country.
He said major resource projects, such as the Papua LNG and Wafi-Golpu gold project, had not been started or progressed while the closure of the Porgera Gold Mine had only compounded the impact on the economy.
“A promised new deal for Porgera just looks like what Barrick had on offer right from the start and so the loss of jobs, businesses and hundreds of millions of kina were a waste of money, all on account of one man’s whim,” he said.
“Our people are without jobs and many more will lose jobs and many businesses will close operations, coupled with Covid-19 pandemic which has been disastrously managed, this country is headed for a very bleak future.”
Namah said all MPs had a duty and responsibility to correct the trend before it was too late.
By MIRIAM ZARRIGA