The father of our nation PNG has been sick for more than a month and we all hope that he is recovering well from his recent heart surgery.
Politics being a dirty game it’s no wonder the rumour mill began cranking out stories of his death recently, which was all untrue. Of course it is again no surprise also that the NA party has begun its internal chest beating to see who will take over from Somare if he passed away. Coalition partner Anderson Aigiru described the whole NA tussle for leadership as being quite disrespectful and un-Melanesian.
But the fact that we do not have anyone we can easily recognise as being equal to or at least capable of taking over Chief Somare is a great concern to me. Quite simply I don’t think discussions about new leadership are premature, I think now is the perfect time to have this discussion.
Lets face the facts, Chief Somare is 75 years old, he has been in politics for the last 43 years, he is not getting any younger. So the question that needs to be asked is, ‘What is the Transition Plan?’ not who is going to be the next PM.
Regardless of whether Somare makes it back in 2012, he is not going to last forever in politics for various reasons so he and everyone else around him in NA needs to have this discussion openly to ensure that the public knows what the plan is?
We are on the brink of a boom and all we need to know is if policies will still be carried out to ensure our continued economic growth.