The Inaugural VONC Awards

By PNG Echo

To recognise outstanding achievement in matters concerning the Vote of No Confidence the committee (me) would like to make the following awards. In the category of

KNaru_ResizedBest Speech the winner is:
– the Governor of Morobe who displayed a profound understanding of the issues surrounding this vote and articulated them with a razor sharp analysis – especially in that which concerned the ‘Separation of Powers’.

1609803_10152547043623574_471502395_nThe Yeah Yeah Yeah award also goes to Morobe and is won by:
SAM BASIL– who displayed none of the above but whose words inspired the next award.

The Mispronunciation award, that goes to the word:
OPPOSHISHUN closely rivalled by DESHISHUN

In the ‘Best Dressed’ category the award was unanimously voted as going to:
BEN MICAH – Was his suit a political statement or does he just look good in yellow?


0317np2The Let’s Keep Them Guessing award goes to:
PAIAS WINGTI – who kindly kept the whole nation entertained for seven days playing ‘Where’s Wingti’?  He was in Port Moresby and voted with government.  Who got it right?


James-MarapeIn the category of Best Comeback the award goes to:
JAMES MARAPE – whose quick and incisive replies floored a couple of prominent members of the Opposition including Kerenga Kua, the practiced litigator.


5160696-3x2-940x627Best timing goes to:
THEO ZURENUOC: – the Speaker of the House whose call for a vote was a relief to most (see the ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ category that proved to be a strongly contested award) and that prompted the following category of…


Namah styleBest Tantrum and was won by:
BELDEN NAMAH – who is poised to make this category his own with his foot-stamping, fist thumping rhetoric – “Give us a chance to debate – I will not sit down until I debate.” He must be still standing because in the next category…

6a00d83454f2ec69e2017c32c40800970b-800wiBest Sense of Humour, …where the winner is, once again, Speaker of the House:
THEO ZURENUOC – He presided over the proceedings with good humour, a ready smile and who wisely responded not with sanctions, but with amused laughter at the above recalcitrant.

Peter+O'NeillBut the Gold VONC goes to the Honourable PETER O’NEILL, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (then and now) for his decisive win of 85 to 21.

Hail the Chief.

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16 thoughts on “The Inaugural VONC Awards

  1. You take great joy in demeaning our politicians.
    Maybe an extradition order for you to explain your extravagant use of arrogance in the name of free speech needs to be questioned in a court of law.
    You know very well that your actions in certain countries are punishable by long prison sentences and/or death

    • It’s called ‘taking the piss’ an endearing habit I’ve learned from years of living in Australia. Where are the ‘certain countries” where taking the piss is an offence? Name them. Why don’t you try to take out that extradition order and see how far you get? I can just see it: Judge: “What is the charge?” Prosecution: “The accused has been very cheeky.” Judge: “Off with her head!” Hahaha

      • Welcome to the club, Dr. I was threatened with deportation when I was a PNG citizen – by an officer of parliament no less – I asked if I could nominate the country to which I was to be deported where-up-on said officer hung up and I heard nothing more.

        • No one has ever threatened me with deportation that has the wherewithal or the authority to carry out that threat. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

          • But, apparently if thieves are parliamentarians, it’s open slather is it not?

    • Oh, hallo Tauna, I recognise you now. This is the birthday boy – he who has warned me to ‘thread’ carefully and thinks my name is ‘woman’? Now he wants to extradite me. I don’t think any governments recognise extradition orders from an employee of Air Niugini – and a poor speller at that. God gave this person a penis and he’s been playing with himself ever since.

  2. Yesterday’s VONC proceedings showcased the best of Morobe talent. Mr Speaker demonstrated maturity and reasserted the dignity of the Chair. Governor Naru showed the nation why he is one of the best governors in this term and gave us an insight to his convictions, especially why he did not press the panic button, unlike a few tired old men.

    The Deputy Opposition leader was gallant in defeat. Hopefully he lead the Opposition to the general elections. Like in any democracy Polye and the Chief Justice must resign and allow the nation to heal and regain traction and re-chart the national course without the toxicity they represent.

    • What rot you talk, Lypit. there is absolutely no need for either Polye or the Chief Justice to resign – perhaps you could give us the legal reasons why this should be the case, together with precedents for your conclusions

      • Peter, I am sure you are aware that in politics losers resign? Every opposition leader does that. The Chief Justice played politics. The Bench he presided over rendered useless a pillar of democracy – separation of powers – to force upon Parliament a VONC motion that was dead on the water at great expense to the nation.

        • Don’t know where you gleaned that political historical fact from Mi Yet. Here are a few that did not – first, every PNG ex-PM who has been outed in a VONC – they remained parliamentarians – Sir John Kerr – he stayed on as Australia’s G-G after effectively sacking Gough Whiltam, and of, course John Howard who lost leadership in opposition, only to come back later and become PM – to name but a few.. The judicial decision you refer, far “..from [having] rendered useless a pillar of democracy…” has actually strengthened it – as I have previously mentioned in this blog.

          • I think Mi Yet is likely referring to their position at the time – not all positions. Losers of VONC – if it’s the government don’t need to resign – they’re ousted. Howard was relieved of the leadership – not his parliamentary seat. Don’t cloud the issues with pedantry, Mr Sandery.

  3. Why don’t you let Mi Yet prosecute his/her own argument Doctor? – In any event you conveniently leave out any reference to the Chief Justice in your latest comments, something which Mi Yet certainly did include – now there’s a dangerous undermining of the separation of powers and the rule of law, if you care to think a bit about and if that is pedantry, Doctor, so be it.

    • So be it. As for the Chief Justice – If I started, I’d have trouble stopping – best to use some restraint – a subject for another time, maybe.

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