Prime Minister James Marape is slamming Opposition on a court battle they are seeking, which will hinder development and Government’s effort in restoring the country’s falling economy.
“Our country is going through a tough phase including a tough 2019 fiscal year and I do not know why the Opposition Leader and his cohorts including few senior leaders of former O’Neill’s government want to achieve by going back to courts on my Parliamentary election as Prime Minister on the 30th of May 2019.
“Since assuming office, we have been looking retrospectively on how we have come as an economy and it does not look good and we are trying to fix our struggling economy that was caused by recklessness, laziness and lack of innovation by treasurers and PM of recent past.
“Together with the former PM, Peter O’Neill they have run our economy as treasurer and PM from 2007 to 2011, and Pruaitch was again Treasurer from 2014to 2017.
“Treasurer and PM are key leaders responsible for our economy and as a former Finance Minister responsible for expenditures in the same period, I saw first-hand their lack of foresight and innovation in diversification of our economy, their weak and lazy approach in just depending on commodity price boom and when revenue drops they run too quick and easy but expensive domestic debts are the reasons why our economy is struggling today.
“when I talk about taking back PNG, we are also taking it back from politicians who are lazy and weak to take our country to the next phase,politicians who are susceptible to individual and corporate greed. We have failed our citizens in the last decade yet we hide our greed for power under the auspices of procedural compliance and good governance and we use institutions of states like courts to run our personal agendas.
“Time has come for leaders like Pruaitch to admit that generational change has taken place and join hands to work together instead of wasting our country’s time by going to court.
“You’re going to courts possibly affirms the rationale of your nomination and Belden Namah’s secondment of Mr O’Neill as a PM nominee on the30th of May 2019.
“Let’s stop this politics and join hands to rescue our economy, something that Patrick Pruaitch and Peter O’Neill have terribly failed our country,” said PM Marape.
He said that on the court case, he is assuring everyone that he will give his strongest attention to it to dispense it at the earliest.
“This court case will not affect my plans to resuscitate our economy including a possibility of introducing a supplementary budget that will signal the Marape Steven government direction.
“Our government is here to stay and whilst the older politicians play around, I note the young first and second term politicians who are concern in doing the right thing, this is your time, let us rally to make our country the richest black Christian nation where no child is left behind,” said Mr Marape.