Powi: Give MPs space

Highlands, Normal

The National, Wednesday 10th April, 2013

 SOUTHERN Highlanders have been urged to change their mentality of following their MPs everywhere.

Governor William Powi said the people needed to give their leaders “time to think, relax and deliver services”.

“I call on my people to stop following us around as we have no free money to give them,” he said.

He said he did not like the attitude of people following him around to his office and home in Mendi.

Powi said the practice was putting a lot of pressure on him and other MPs from the province “who are not given the space to breathe and work without undue pressure from the people”.

 “This is the reason why governors and leaders from the province decide to leave the province and live in Port Moresby but I do not want to do that. 

“I want to live and work in the province and provide the leadership and allow the provincial administration to deliver the services to the people.”

Powi said the “free handout and cash mentality” had to stop.

He said that unnecessary convoys of vehicles and people” following him and other MPs was very stressful.