Who is the government in power?
Is it the National Alliance or has Prime Minister Michael Somare, abandoned by his own Ministers and family, sold out to Pangu Party and former Deputy Prime Minister, Chris Haiveta?
These are the scandalous revelations provided by a prominent government minister in a hard hitting interview.
Prime Minister Somare has lost the support of his Ministers and family
The Minister (who did not want his name revealed) claims NA insiders will confirm that Sir Michael is hell bent on staying in power and is paving the way to form a Pangu led Coalition because his own party won’t nominate him to be Prime Minister again.
Below is a transcript of the interview
“…the revolt by senior National Alliance men whether they’re governors or ministers is open knowledge [in NA]. His lack of support of his own NA ministers and his support of Pangu is open knowledge and he’s doing it. He’s openly doing this. So that can come out. This should be brought to the attention of people. He’s openly supporting Pangu and his chief advisor is Haiveta… Chris Haiveta and everyone knows that.
“The Prime Minister does not have the support of many of his senior ministers.
“He’s not listening to the advice of his deputies and he’s doing whatever he pleases. And the Prime minister is doing this for his own benefit. This is happening because he doesn’t believe that his own part will re-endorse him for another five years at the National [Alliance] convention in August.
“And his own family do not support him. So he’s lost; he has lost the support of key elements within his own party.
“In his office he’s got Pangu party advisors. People like Chris Haiveta who are dictating to him what he should do. Every member of NA… every parliamentary member of NA is concerned about it but nobody will talk out. The public have got to become aware of this. So when Mekere talks about Kitchen Cabinet, it’s not a Kitchen Cabinet the cabinet is the Prime Ministers advisors and his ministers are having no say. And his ministers are more disenchanted by the day. And now, what he’s doing is moving towards Pangu.
“You know it has come to the stage where I have to do it because the other don’t have the guts to do this and when other NA members see it, they will be very happy.
“[What will happen next] depends on the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the law on political party integrity. If the Supreme Court declares that is unconstitutional, you will see this government fall in a matter of weeks. The government is trying to find ways whereby they don’t have to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“The Prime Minster is of the opinion that the Supreme Court has got nothing to do with it, it depends on Parliament. But very few people will agree with that. Failing that, I see even the congress, the National Congress is being held up in Banz. The people have to come from all over the country to go there and they won’t. And he’s banking on not everyone being there. He’s playing a very, very dangerous game.
“He has put in a whole lot of political appointees and these appointees are his robots. They do whatever he wants them to do.
“I think there are regional deputies that won’t support him for another term. You know, the regional deputies for Momase may not support him for another term. The regional deputy of the Southern Region, may not support him for another term the regional deputy of the Highlands may not support him. I would say two of the three if not three of the three won’t support him by the time August comes around.
“He’s got people like very highly respected people, people like Leo Dion. Peter Humphreys. People like that who are in open revolt. He has been told to change his ministers. He won’t do it because I think he’s promised so many people ministries that he’s got himself into a dilemma.
“All these secretaries that have been put in there are not working. And there’s massive, massive wastage in government, misappropriation, wastage and lack of policy implementation they don’t care about.
“The Prime Minster has walked out on us [National Alliance] and he’s keeping quiet and we all know about it and nobody’s talking about it. So it’s got to be brought out into the open. He’s made serious commitments to Pangu and he’s paving the way to join Pangu and run Pangu.”