Governing PNG is taking a back seat to power mongering – which seems to be a chronic symptom of the current system.
Maybe now is the time for the People’s National Congress to govern in their own right – and for the rest to form the opposition.
It would serve to cement policy and give the opposition an opportunity to formulate real alternate policy rather than just the empty rhetoric that passes for party platforms.
For example, while the UBS loan has been questioned because of it’s alleged breaches of the constitution and processes – whether it was a sound decision (rather than just legal or illegal) has not been adequately canvassed by the Opposition.
So what would the opposition have done in similar circumstances? Who knows?
And that’s because the Opposition is merely hell-bent on providing itself with a ‘Gotcha’ moment of illegality that would give them an opportunity to wrest power..and what for.?
As the Beatles sang in ‘Revolution’ “We’d all love to see your plan.”
There has never been a more opportune time to establish the two-party system in PNG – and if handled correctly, it could be an organic rather than a legalistic move.
The current political reality in Papua New Guinea is that there is one overwhelmingly strong party and a gaggle of ‘also rans’ (who sometimes form a party of one) most of whom have no qualms in using money to attain power. That’s what needs to be addressed.
Leaders should have followers who follow the leaders ideas and their ability to implement them – too often in Papua New Guinea, leaders just have lots of money and few morals.