In another sudden move by members in government this afternoon; five People’s National Congress (PNC) Party members have announced their retirement from the party.
The five are Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi, Hela Governor Philip Undialu, Member for Komo Magarima and Vice Petroleum Minister Manasseh Makiba, and Member for Esa’ala Davis Steven.
The five stated that they are concerned about the way PNC Party Leader, Prime Minister (PM) Peter O’Neill, is running the show and have listed a range of issues of concern thatled to them resigning. They include, excessive loans, poor economic management,unfair distribution of wealth and failure to honour commitments.
“People of Papua New Guinea are tired and have openly expressed concern for so many decisions by the government that is so detrimental to this country and as leaders for too long we have ignored their cries and now it’s time to listen to them,” said Hela Governor Philip Undialu.
“This country is bigger than one individual person and a majority group. A lot of issues at stake and we cannot ignore it anymore.”
Meanwhile, the Enga Governor and the Member for Esa’ala will move back to their original political party before joining PNC, which is the People’s Party currently lead by the Governor for Jiwaka, William Tongap. However, Governor Powi, Governor Undialu and Makiba will remain as independent members.
Although it may not be stated directly, the five members have given an indication of a possible move out of government.
Hela Governor Philip Undialu says the move they have taken is for the interest of the country and now that they are out of PNC, they will work in solidarity to see that the situation that has be created by the PM is fixed. He added that they would happily work with other members in parliament in doing so.
Picture caption: from left to right- Tongap, Steven, Ipatas, Powi, Undialu and Makiba showing the solidarity.