The National- Tuesday, January 11, 2011
MEMBER for Abau Sir Puka Temu has called on Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Sir Arnold Amet to ask Speaker Jeffery Nape to step down from office.
He said it was a shame for the government to allow the speaker to act in the office of the governor-general after the Supreme Court had annulled his conduct of parliament, ruling that Nape breached the constitution by presiding as the speaker while he was acting governor-general.
“Here is a national leader, the speaker of parliament, who has broken the constitution and the executive government is allowing him the post of acting governor-general.
“The highest court of the land has ruled that the speaker has broken the highest law of the land. Where is the competency, discipline, decency and dignity in that?” Sir Puka asked.
He said people needed to know that breaking the mother law was a serious matter and the attorney-general must do the right thing and ask Nape to step down from office.
“The speaker has tarnished this sacred house (parliament).
“He has mismanaged the sacred house by conniving with the executive government.
“He has become a puppet of the executive government and has also tarnished his name and reputation as a leader,” Sir Puka said.