The opposition today expressed serious concern about the accumulating controversies against the acting prime minister Sam Abal which he seems to ignore in pursuit of the nation’s top post.
Deputy leader of opposition Sam Basil said that the people have had enough of controversies, legal blunders and ill-repute against the top post.
“They deserve a government led by a prime minister they can depend on and have confidence in,” Basil said.
“In any other country, any impropriety by a member of an acting prime minister is sufficient cause for resignation to protect the integrity of the public office.
“In PNG, we describe it as a police matter and refuse the perception that if a leader cannot manage and mentor those in his household to be good citizens, what qualification does he have to lead a nation?”
Basil, who is also Bulolo MP, slammed the latest revelations of questionable funding management in relation to the acting prime minister’s district funds.
“The integrity with which a leader handles district finances indicates his qualification to handle national finances,” he said.
“ An acting prime minister, regardless of who is in that post and especially one who is actively pursuing a permanent election into that position of prime minister, should be squeaky clean.
“Sacking cabinet ministers like Don Polye and William Duma because they are likely contenders for the prime minister’s post demonstrate insecurity and an unhealthy early hint on the attitude to wielding of power by Mr Abal.
“The Opposition is calling on all right-thinking MPs – in Government and in our ranks – to completely halt the Somare era and the negative leadership legacy that has tarnished our leadership quality and capability.
“Now is the time to act.
“Let’s mobilise; align aright and begin the re-alignment process of leadership before it is too late.”