Quasi-dictatorial regime must end

Editorial, Normal

The National – Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I FIND it very hypocritical of Sir Arnold Amet to state that the government was saddened by the improper manner in which parliament conducted the election of the governor-general, when it was this very same government that issued press statements following the election in June stating that the election was proper and conducted lawfully.
This is a clear demonstration of passing the buck, now that the Supreme Court has annulled the election of Sir Paulias Matane.
Now the government is hell-bent on questioning the intent of the Supreme Court’s ruling that parliament be recalled within 40 days from the date of judgment, to elect a new governor-general.
The government’s assertion that the Supreme Court’s direction somehow impinges in the independence of the judiciary, is totally ludicrous.
For want of argument, had it not been for Luther Wenge and the Morobe provincial government mounting the reference to the Supreme Court, then it can be rightly assumed that the government would have continued to reinforce the premise (now proven to be invalid) that their actions and the manner is which Sir Paulias was re-elected for a second term as governor-general, were proper and in accordance with the constitution.
This government has been operating and continues to operate as a quasi-dictatorial regime, using parliament as a rubber stamp and enforcing their own interpretations on the constitution, as and when it suits their pleasure.
If the government is indeed concerned about the separation of powers, then it should be prepared to allow parliament to properly function as the legislative arm of government.
One would assume that, given the NA-led government’s constant claims that it has the numerical strength to counter a challenge from the opposition via a vote of no-confidence, then the government should not hesitate to face up to such a vote on the floor of parliament.
Billions kina have been pumped into the government’s coffers over the past 19 years but there is nothing much to show.
Do we, as a people, want to continue to suffer at the hands of a government that, for all purposes and intent, paints a very rosy picture of our nation’s development when the true scenario is the contrary?
My fellow citizens, let us all resolve to make a definite change in the next general election in 2012.
If we continue with the same bunch of leaders, we are bound to get stuck in a rut, where we will all eventually become beggars in our own country.
It is indeed high time that we, the people, acted in unison to show our disdain for a regime that has no sense of duty to its citizens.
Let’s vote in new leaders who really have a heart for the people and who can lead by example, not those who kept quiet all of a sudden when their pay package has been increased by 52%.
That amount of money could have done wonders in our health and education sector.
Let’s pray that we can achieve this change for the benefit and betterment of our people and our country before it is too late.


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