THE people of Simbu called upon prime minister Peter O’Neill to resign from office at a recent public forum held in Kundiawa and attended by over 6,000 people.
The forum, jointly organised by university students and Voice of Simbu led by Mathias Kin, was to inform the people of Simbu and make them aware of how Peter O’Neill has run down Papua New Guinea as well as to explain the Parakagate affair and other allegations involving O’Neill and his government.
The forum also canvassed actions that the people of Simbu could take.
After receiving official permission from the Simbu provincial police commander, Superintendent Albert Beli, Voice of Simbu conducted a province-wide awareness program to inform people of the forum.
People started arriving in Kundiawa as early as eight o’clock last Thursday. At the beginning there was a small misunderstanding with the Kundiawa Police Task Force and the Mobile Squad 8 of Kerowagi when they questioned the legality of the assembly.
However the provincial police commander came out and addressed crowd. He agreed the forum had official approval and could go ahead.
The forum was joined by students from the University of Technology who had travelled from Lae on the tulait tulait bus. The students gave good insights into the current political, social and economic situation in PNG.
They spoke strongly on the many current issues surrounding the prime minister including the National Provident Fund saga, Paraka fraud, the $3 billion UBS loan, the PNG power generator fraud, government mismanagement, the disbanding and suppression of government institutions, sacking of ministers and senior police, public servants pay, university students strikes and the current cash problems.
After the students spoke, other people contributed including the member for Sinasina Yongomugl, Kerenga Kua MP, who spoke powerfully on the need for the prime minister and other elected and unelected officials to respect the laws of this country and not to continuously use expensive lawyers to run to the courts and use the media to convince the public.
Kua called on his Simbu colleagues to put the interest of the people and their country first by withdrawing their support for O’Neill. He said politicians who continued support for O’Neill showed that they were selfish and greedy and only serving their own interests.
The forum concluded with a resolution from the crowd that the prime minister must resign to save Papua New Guinea from disaster.
To show Simbu people’s position on this national crisis, it was resolved that 200,000 Simbu people will sign a petition to give to the prime minister. The six Simbu members of parliament will receive the petition on behalf of the prime minister.
The organisers of the forum thanked all the Simbu people for attending the forum, which ended peacefully at one o’clock.
They also highly praised the Simbu peace and good order committee and provincial police commander Beli for their endorsement of the staging of the forum. They commended Beli for his neutrality, observing that police in Port Moresby had become O’Neill’s puppets.