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Vanimo -Green MP Belden Namah is Papua New Guinea new Opposition Leader with his deputy also appointed in Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat, who will lead a team of five MPs in Opposition.
The Opposition now comprises, Belden Norman Namah, MP Opposition Leader, Dr Allan Marat, deputy Opposition Leader, Joseph Lelang, Kerema MP Richard Mendani and West Sepik Governor Tony Wouwou.
They will announce their policies soon but stressed yesterday that they would not allow free education and free health care to be scrapped.
“The members who remain in Opposition to this disorganised government are standing up for what we believe. We believe in the policy agenda that is needed for PNG to rescue our country and our people from the uncertainty that we now face,” Namah said.
He said they may be small in number but were united by conviction and a desire to develop the country “and we will hold this government to account”.
“This unworkable coalition of members with no common interest, or vision, who spend the day arguing among themselves and messing up the affairs of the country,” Namah said of the grand coalition following the switch of Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch and his Natiional Alliance Party members on Tuesday.
“The cargo cult mentalities we are seeing from several members of our Parliament, where they believe everything is there for free are not doing any service to the people who elected them or to our country as a whole.
“We in the Opposition know that we have to work hard for what we believe and to present our policies that will save the nation from the mess we now find ourselves stuck in. As a truly committed Opposition we will continue to work hard and articulate our vision and how this will be achieved.
“We are committed to our people, and more importantly we are committed to the future of our children, so that they will have a better life as they grow and start their own families. For that reason we will oppose the government’s plan to stop free education that will only turn back the clock on development and advancement for our families. That will also go against the spirit of United Nations Charter on Universal Education for all,” he said.
Meanwhile, Namah said they will welcome the former ruling People’s National Congress party (PNC) to their side if they move.
Namah said the PNC, led by former prime minister Peter O’Neill, could not move to the Opposition because the 22 MPs, Speaker Job Pomat and Deputy Speaker Jeffery Komal, had an agreement with Prime Minister James Marape and the Pangu-led team may be in breach of their arrangement if PNC was sacked.
Namah and his team were asked if they could welcome PNC if sacked or if they were asked to move to the Opposition.
“They are not coming, PNC is in government, and they are staying put in government.
“PNC elected Marape into office. PM Marape made a deal with them on the eve of election of the Prime Minister, they went down to Crown Hotel, so if he is going to sack PNC then he is not honouring his deal with PNC, so that’s for Marape and not for me to discuss,” Namah said.
“But if Members of Parliament are coming to the Opposition, the seats are vacant for them to come and occupy,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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