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OTTO Q MORAMA | Balcony Perspectives

Belden Namah on the hustingsI STATED MY POSITION CLEARLY from the outset when political horse trading began. I stated that neither Peter O’Neill nor Belden Namah should be prime minister.

Why? For the simple fact O’Neill has wheeling and dealing at the National Provident Fund and the K40 million Public Service Housing Scheme hanging over his head. The most noble and honourable thing for him to do is to initiate a Commission of Inquiry and clear his name.

On the other hand, I still feel that Namah lacks the character of a mature leader. His outbursts and backlashes in the media lately and his approach to addressing the legislature – judiciary stand-off were acts of a person without restraint.

He needs more time and must be groomed and nurtured by some elder statesman for the top post.

That said, I have now come to understand and appreciate views of some Papua New Guineans as to why they would like to see Namah as prime minister.

Their argument is simple, short and to the point – corruption - the misuse and abuse of office and institutional property for personal gain, through bribery, extortion, cronyism and other means.

If you look at the big fish in the small pond in Alotau, you see that certain wheeling and dealing being undertaken by some of these big fish seems unscrupulous and demands that these leaders must tell the nation the truth behind things.

Look at Cayman Island deals, mysterious K40 million in a Singapore bank account, K40 million public service housing deal, Moti saga, Finance inquiry, Taiwan diplomacy scandal, fugitive Tjoko Tjandra affair and National Provident saga.

You look at all these cases and Namah has a clean slate without any wheeling and dealing or touching public monies.

That is the rationale behind Namah taking a solo stand. Unlike the Japanese invaders of WW2 who launched an unsuccessful assault to capture Port Moresby, will Namah succeed? Even if he does not, will he inflict heavy loss and casualties?

Whether he succeeds or not, the question is beyond the formation of government, going to morals, credibility, character and, most of all, the right motive to be in government.

Even if the whole world abandons me for standing up for righteousness, truth and transparency, I’ll stand knowing my conscience does not tell me otherwise and at the end the world will remember me for being an advocate for what was right.


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Roa Jude

Having change in our country does not need leaders who prize-fight for power or victimize other leaders. This is unscrupulous behaviour.

If you observe meticulously what Namah is doing. it is just malevolent and also it is against the country’s constitution.

From my surveillance, Namah is coercing his way just because of status and prestige.

He has his own ambition to bring carnage. Some people are so blind as to vote for such a duplicitous leader.

I go for God-endowed leaders who do what is right for the country. What people need is development.

Our country has a big problem with its management because of the self-serving attitude of our leaders.

Felix Baraka

I think Namah cannot be judged biasedly. If we look at Namah very closely, we need a tough man to rule the nation.

Without such confident people, we will surrender ourselves to foreign decision making.

However, if Namah does not abuse the Constitution, I believe, he is the man we need to transform our nation and move it forward.

Matt Andrews

Namah has "a clean slate"?

Wow. Now I've heard everything.

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