Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta said today that Michael Somare is turning Papua New Guinea into “Mugabeland”.
“Somare has all the ingredients and recipes in place,” he said.
“The two most-important disciplinary forces, the Defence Force and the Police have been tribalised and converted into instruments at his disposal and for his use. “Papua New Guineans should be extremely worried about these developments and must not allow these tribal roots to take hold.
“These moves are fraught with danger and set sickening precedents for others to follow in the future.
“Michael Somare has to be blamed squarely for these atrocious, self-serving acts.”
“This is why this Government has to be changed – to save our country and our future.
“The alleged capture by Somare’s bodyguards and alleged bashing of NGO activist Noel Anjo by the Prime Minister and his wife, demonstrate Somare’s preparedness to silence any critic, by any means, including violence and use of the institutions of state.
“I remind Papua New Guineans of the Prime Minister walking across the floor of Parliament to the Opposition front bench, in spitting distance, saying to the Member for Bulolo Sam Basil ‘I will kill you’.
“This again demonstrates Somare’s willingness to stop at nothing to silence any sign of criticism or threat, in ways most inappropriate for a leader.
“Why do we put up with this?”
Sir Mekere concluded: “This Government has so much to protect that it will stop at nothing to stay in power, even if it destroys the Constitution and people’s freedom.
“Wake up Papua New Guineans.”
Mekere Morauta KCMG MP
Leader of the Opposition andMember for Moresby North-West