KUNDIAWA – It was a lively session on the floor of parliament before the election of Papua New Guinea’s eighth prime minister a few weeks ago.
One little remarked aspect of the controversy was Madang governor Peter Yama’s words to Kerenga Kua, member for Sinesine Yongomugl in Simbu and now petroleum minister.
The remarks have drawn widespread conjecture and condemnation, especially in Simbu. from many people, where people are questioning the integrity of Yama in calling Kua a ‘liklik mangi’ [little boy] in Pidgin.
Personal interest too often ruins the public interest. Even in the heated situation of a stressful parliamentary sitting, Yama should have shown the patience of a mature leader and representative of the people of Madang.
However, he egotistically levelled this derisive remark at his political rival, Kua, who without hesitation branded him as a political puppet.
Kua took the phrase ‘liklik mangi’ as no more than political rubbish from an ant speaking on behalf of floundering prime minister Peter O’Neill as the curtains were being drawn on the previous regime.
Yama may have been agitated that proposed gifts for Madang would be shelved under the new government. So Yama’s political strategy to develop Madang may be unaccounted; perhaps it will be picked up by new police minister Bryan Kramer.
Yama calling Kua a ‘liklik mangi’ sounds disgusting as it has instigated considerable commotion. The people have expressing a sentiment that the phrase ‘liklik mangi’ as insult to the people of Sine Sine Yongomugl and PNG.
The Simbu people, who share a provincial border with Madang (we are also brothers in culture and genealogy), demanded a public apology from the Yama but to no avail so far.
Kua is small in size but has a monster in brain. Kua is an expert at using parliament as a good avenue of debate, he fears no political giant and he speaks without fear or favour when it comes to public interest and welfare.
He has evaluated Yama’s degrading remark as demeaned his, Yama’s, leadership maturity and virtue.
Kua has never been politically disloyal or a yoyo in the many indecisive moments of PNG politics. He’s a steady man and is seen by the people as being a no-nonsense person as he argues for the interests of common Papua New Guineans.
His steadfastness helped cause the O’Neill regime to collapse at the eleventh hour.
And so James Marape came to trust a ‘liklik mangi’ to apply his leadership virtues in the important petroleum portfolio for the benefit of the people of PNG. The ‘liklik mangi’ became a political giant.
The appointments from opposition benches to ministries of Kerenga Kua and Bryan Kramer bestowed confidence among elite Papua New Guineans.
Their move to the government side brought a revolution to PNG politics. It is the start of good governance as people wish it to be in the best interests of the people.
Kua and Kramer will pursue the former crooked regime. This is the long overdue cry of the PNG people - to see democracy and the constitution liberated without fear or compromise.
Any leader who has misused and misappropriated public funds must be brought to justice since this is the people’s money.
The crooks, puppets and political yoyos need to be called to account.
We do not want politicians entering parliament for greed, or who lack visionary leadership, or who are cronies and thieves defacing the sovereignty and prosperity of the nation.