JAMES MARAPE MP
| Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Our country is built on democratic foundations that no politician must break. Our parliament, our executive and our judiciary are three separate arms of governance that operate within its legal mandate, processes and procedures.
What happened on Friday 13 November 2020, in haste and lust for power, broke section 2(1)(a) of the organic law on calling of meetings of parliament.
I am also advised it broke standing order sections 43 and 47.
Laws are there to guide us to do the right thing.
Lest we forget the illegal hijack of power from Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare in July 2011. I am not going to allow this type of nonsense to happen again.
I am happy the matter is now in the custody of our judiciary for its assessments of parliament’s recent conduct. We must respect whatever the court decides.
Over the last 18 months my government has not broken any laws and will not break any laws of going into the future.
I am doing my best in one of the toughest times of our nation’s history, and I will keep on doing that.
This includes delivering Papua and Pasca LNG projects, progressing P’Nyang, reopening Porgera and approving Wafi Golpu without sacrificing the principles of my generation of leaders.
Whilst managing dirty politics and a Covid-19 induced contraction in our economy, we have also delivered on the following promises I made to the nation on 30 May 2019.
We have passed anti-corruption laws like ICAC and the Whistle Blowers Act that have been outstanding since the king of our country’s anti-corruption fights, the late Anthony Siaguru, more than 25 years ago.
We have allowed our democratic institutions and pillars like the judiciary, the media and the people to speak and operate at will.
We have borrowed to retire expensive debts incurred by former governments at less costly rates of borrowing, including notably the first ever Australian government interest free loan of $300 million in 2019.
We have retired outstanding State commitments of yesteryear including paying off all outstanding contracts on construction that ran over K2 billion.
We have funded Bougainville in its endeavours to self-govern and rebuild its region and economy. Bougainvilleans now know they have ears and advocates in Waigani for a fair way forward.
We have put money into programs for micro, small, medium and large businesses in our country. This is now available in BSP and other partner banks for a low 4-5% interest over a long term of 15 to 20 years. This also includes our support for soft housing loans.
We have put money into agriculture price stabilisation so higher and better prices can be transferred to growers and farmers. We have also put money into freight subsidies to complement our agriculture focus.
We have spent over K500 million on national highways and roads throughout our country and have equally supported all districts and provinces.
The Works Department will confirm that we have started paying over K300 million to cover all of the O’Neill government’s outstanding legal contracts.
We initiated policies and legal reforms for the greater benefits of our resources to landowners and our country, including a much better outcome for Porgera.
We are working with provinces to empower them fully with revenue generation powers instead of just symbolic and functional autonomy.
So work will go on, and history will judge me on my performances as it will judge all who went before me and those who come after me.
Some of those who went before me are lumped into the present Vanimo camp. That camp, which is seeking the takeover of my government, includes three former prime ministers and eight former deputy prime minister, the movers and shakers of our country for the last 45 years.
It is only fair for Vanimo residents ask them what they have done thus far for Vanimo and West Sepik, or Papua New Guinea for that matter. Ask them.
God bless Papua New Guinea.