SOMEONE said recently that prime minister Peter O’Neill is a cunning and conniving schemer.
He’s hell bent on achieving lofty ambitions and constantly throws his weight around when dealing with mega- buck affairs in the resources development sector.
But what do Peter O’Neill’s own Pangia–Ialibu people think about their man?
Do they see him as a “cunning and conniving schemer’’ who is running PNG into debts amounting to millions of kina?
A national election is coming around next year and some people in the media have commented that 2017 just might be the year we rise above the myriad socio-economic challenges to chart a definitive course for our nation.
Others are more pessimistic and believe our country is sinking deeper into the abyss of corruption and political malevolence.
The pessimists say Papua New Guineans are too ignorant to collectively usher in positive change for the country. Not surprisingly, Peter O’Neill is not among them. He’s an optimist. But some people believe he’s is optimistic for all the wrong reasons. He is a romantic masquerading behind the façade of civility.
One things Mr O’Neill is optimistic about is that he will be returned to the national parliament after the 2017elections. He made a public assertion to that effect last year.
So how could Mr he know with such certainty that he is going to retain his Ialibu-Pangia seat? I believe he was making that assertion to give his ego a boost. On the other hand, he could wanted to dull the hopes of any Pangia-Ialibu rivals.
Does will Peter O’Neill really feature at the top of his Ialibu-Pangia people’s choice of leader? Most people he will. They say something like: Why, Pirra O’Neill is the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, a first for Pangia- Ialibu. The people want to vote for him. Tell them otherwise and they will look at you with scepticism.
The eight million people of PNG do have the power to influence and shape policy decisions by the government. They do need to understand that they can change the destiny of this country by the choices they make in electing their national leaders.
But, with the next election just 17 months away, will they?
The politics of PNG can be enigmatic and unnerving.