South Wiru locals want Namah to apologise to PM

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The National, Thursday 2nd May 2013


The people of South Wiru local level government (LLG) in Pangia, Southern Highlands, have called on Opposition Leader Belden Namah to make a public apology to them for maliciously defaming their parliamentary leader and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. 

The South Wirus, through community leader Patrick Mongoma, demanded an apology after learning that Namah had allegedly made degrading remarks against O’Neill. 

In a footage aired on EMTV news 6pm bulletin on Tuesday, the opposition leader said O’Neill had benefited from giving out 

dubious contracts to developers. 

Mongoma, claiming to speak on behalf of more than 70,000 people in the LLG told The National in Lae yesterday that Namah’s comments were a “slap in the face” for the people 

of Ialibu-Pangia and particular the people of South Wiru where O’Neill comes from. 

“O’Neill is a village and national leader. 

“He has standing and integrity and such comments not only spoil his good name but also the name of the people who voted him,” Mongoma said.

“Namah should not make unfounded statements but must provide evidence to substantiate his claims,” he said.

The leader said the people of Ialibu-Pangia have voted for O’Neill to lead them and they have the right to know if he has been engaged in questionable deals but Namah must provide evidence to convince them.

“He (O’Neill) is a man of transparency that’s why we voted him into parliament three times with 95% of votes,” Mongoma said.

He said the people of South Wiru were preparing to take separate legal action against the opposition leader if he does not make a public apology regarding malicious comments against their MP.