Mrs. GG, Not Happy With The Rude Visitors During Dinner Time

In what seemed like the most frantic evening I’ve ever experienced on a computer, it was crazy. We had a host of shinanigans at the gates of the newly weds and it appeared that the Governor General and his wife may not have been in the mood to entertain such rude guests at that hour, (and during their honeymoon no doubt).

So I started a post on Sharp Talk about the Somare groups festivities beginning at the Ela Beach hotel to celebrate the court decision going in their favour. This was in the afternoon sometime. Then the race was on as Grand Chief and O’Neill went racing down to Government House to get the Governor General’s blessings. After gun shots were reported then things went crazy, we had reporters saying O’Neill had just been sworn in and on the other hand we had people saying Somare was inside but had locked out O’Neill.

So for two hours frantic comments were piling up in Sharp Talk and Twitter about who was doing what to who. Finally Liam Fox from ABC gave the news on twitter that: “A frail looking Somare says he’s fit as a 40 year old and up to the job of being PM. Says he’ll go to govt house tmrw to be sworn in. The Somare camp says it can rule with a minor govt but they’re confident they’ll boost their numbers when Sir Michael’s sworn in as PM. And things have calmed down outside govt house. Only a handful of armed police now.”

EMTV televised a late press conference by Somare’s group. Amet spoke on behalf of them and stated that because the Grand Chief was legally the Prime Minister when he was illegally removed, the court decision by making the actions of the Speaker illegal, automatically meant he was Prime Minister again. He also added that the attempts to further maintain the illegal actions of the speaker were blatant acts of contempt of court and that those offenders would duly be prosecuted.

From sources on facebook, Somare’s has also been quick to announce its interim cabinet:

  • Sam Abal (Deputy PM & Immigration),
  • Patrick Pruaich (Treasury, Finance & State Owned Enterprises),
  • Sir Arnold Amet (Attorney-General & Public Service),
  • Sasa Zibe (Health & Inter-Government Relations),
  • Timothy Bonga (Forestry & Internal Security),
  • James Marape (Education, National Planning & Rural Development),
  • Benjamin Poponawa (Transport and Civil Aviation),
  • Philip Kikala (Agriculture and Livestock),
  • Paru Ahi (Higher Education, Research Secience and Technology & Foreign Affairs and Trade),
  • Fidelis Semos (Bougainville Affairs),
  • Partick Tammur (Communication and Information),
  • Francis Potape (Petroleum and Energy),
  • Ben Semri (Fisheries & Commerce and Industry),
  • Tony Aimo (Correctional Services & Lands and Physical Planning),
  • Andrew Kumbakor (Housing and Urban Development),
  • Philemon Embel (Sports & Minister Assisting the PM),
  • Bob Dadae (Defence),
  • Sani Rambi (Labour and Industrial Relations),
  • Dame Carol Kidu (Community Development),
  • John Pundari (Mining), and
  • Anderson Agiru (Works & Conservation and Environment).

So the question remains today, will the Governor General still want to entertain Grand Chief today? Will Grand Chief have the numbers to carry on through to the Elections?

A possible scenario painted by lawyer John Leahy follows that.. “assuming Sir Michael has been sworn in, he should immediately put a motion to the Parliament which he declares to be on a question of confidence. If he wins, so be it, if he loses then that triggers a general election. Refer Section 105(1)(b)(ii) of the Constitution. It is time for the people to have their say. Alternatively, again assuming Sir Michael has been sworn in, then any motion put by the O’Neill side could be declared by GC as PM to be on a question of confidence, with the same result, a general election and an end to the impasse, the constitution upheld and democratic processes respected and reinforced. If Sir Michael refuses to trigger an election this way, then the O’Neill side should give the requisite notice of a vote of no-confidence, which if successful would also trigger an election. A “minority government” is untenable in a PNG context.”

There is another option as well though that some would like to see taken and especially if the Governor General wants his honeymoon back. He should just dissolve Parliament and send both sides back to the polls for elections. Dissolving Parliament has been done in the Commonwealth before, in Canada. So its not too far fetched compared to what both sides have been pulling out lately.

But things are changing so fast who knows what we’ll be talking about by the end of the day. The topic was so hot on twitter that Liam Fox was second on the Twitter Trending listing last night for Australia. Even our Masalai twitter account picked up 23 new followers in 30 mins last night when we were re-tweeting from Liam.

The majority of Papua New Guineans no longer see any leadership from both sides and in no way think that any of them are acting for the interests of the people.

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13 thoughts on “Mrs. GG, Not Happy With The Rude Visitors During Dinner Time

  1. Manu,

    Like your last observation. The fact that noone was out on the streets defending the honour of either side illustrates your point most vividly, that Papua New Guineans no longer have respect for either side as their transparent covers are blown way open this time round – no one side is acting in the interests of the nation – they lay claim but that’s all there is to it – just a claim!

  2. Tavurvur on Twitter
    Somare and his very limited “Cabinet” expect to be sworn in today by the GG. They may be the legitimate Government – not the strongest #PNG

  3. liamfoxpng Liam Fox
    Vast majority of people on Moresby’s streets support O’Neill & are disappointed with Supreme Court decision. But things are calm. #PNG
    1 hour ago

    liamfoxpng Liam Fox
    Speaker: “Sir Michael is now an ordinary person” not an MP. #PNG
    3 hours ago

    liamfoxpng Liam Fox
    Speaker reaffirms O’Neill is the legitimate PM.
    3 hours ago

    liamfoxpng Liam Fox
    O’Neill’s men Namah and Marat are in Supreme Court to answer contempt charges stemming from attempt to suspend the Chief Justice. #PNG

  4. From Titi Gabi:
    2 convoys of PM’s, MPs, etc headed for Govt house. Round 2 – GG will decide who he signs on!!

    legal advice given to GG 1. Swear in Chief n his cabinet 2. Dissolve parliament if either side doesn’t let up.

  5. I am pretty sure Sir Michael does not need to be sworn in by the GG. By the high court decision he remains the PM. Could Peter O’Neil be charged for contempt for his continued defiance of the SC decision? What about the GG who should be aware by now that PNG is in a constitutional crisis and the solution is to dissolve parliament and let the people decide.

  6. So Constitutional Lawyer, Tony Regan has stated that its appears that the GG, has no powers to dissolve Parliament like in other Commonwealth countries. Our Constitution states that our GG has to act in accordance to advise from the Govt of the day.

    So our GG is stuck in a tight position on having to decide whether the Supreme Court ruling decides the PM or whether an amended Act of Parliament decides the PM.

    As it stands the best option could likely be that the GG gets them both to come to some sort of compromise. As Paul Barker suggested, maybe some united national government to see things through to the elections.

    Although it appears that a winner takes all approach will be the most likely outcome, now more than ever would be the greatest opportunity to see if the Melanesian Way of discussion and consultation can have some relevance to our evolving style of government.

  7. Vergil Narokobi on facebook

    I nominate the following names for five to be picked from this list to mediate between the two parties. These names are ones that quickly come to mind. But you may have some others:

    1. Chronox Manek;
    2. Paulias Matane;
    3. Meg Taylor;
    4. John Momis;
    5. John Nonggorr;
    6. Judge Kandakasi;
    7. Rev. Samson Lowa;
    8. Archbishop John Ribat;
    9. Ila Geno; and
    10. Jean Kekedo.

    Their TOR (please feel free to delete, add, amend):

    1. Draw up an MOU between parties;
    2. MOU to cover both parties compromising;
    3. Agreed process to select new PM within confines of law within agreed time frame;
    4. Parliament to agree for MTS to retain ESPG seat;
    5.Grievances resolution process from now until elections;
    6.Set up Parliamentary Committee to review the whole process and recommend changes to the law.

    Hope this is Melanesian enough?

  8. How to resolve the impasse?

    With respect, herein lies the contrast between western thinking and Melanesian culture. Whenever this sort impasse happened in the past in other countries, they often had a civil war. King vs Parliament in Britain, Southern States vs Northern States in the US, King vs people in France, etc.

    The Melanesian approach is to either have a battle or to sit down and sort it out. Normally a ‘talkfest’ would work where the clans and villages have the time to argue the toss backwards and forwards and after a great deal of oratory, both sides could feel vindicated with the result and exchange food and presents.

    The difference at the moment is the outcome of any decision. If Somare wins, all that went on before (look at the line up of Somare’s new ‘Ministers’), will be reinstated and all that has started to be done with the O’Neill government will be scrapped.

    The police cannot serve two masters and neither can the populace. To have a government of popular unity might have been a proposal in the past however too much has now been uncovered that should not and cannot be concealed. The door has been opened on the facts of just how the Somare government was performing prior to O’Neill taking over.

    SABL’s incorrectly approved, government funds diverted into foreign bank accounts, etc. These must be fully investigated for there to be any hope of justice being done for the PNG people. Those responsible for these previous illegal activities will undoubtedly move to have their ‘peccadilloes’ concealed at the first chance they get. Why wouldn’t they if they are allowed back into power.

    That’s the number one issue that must be addressed.

    All else could be settled by traditional Melanesian custom. National fraud, malfeance and downright theft cannot.

    If issue is where the problem should be sorted out and who should preside, surely Somare and his team appointed the Speaker and enjoyed the power and privileges of Parliament by doing so.

    Why is it he will now not abide by decision of the very person he put into power?

    Why isn’t the floor of PNG’s Parliament appropriate and sufficient to resolve the issue in the Melanesian manner?

    There is only one reason; Somare won’t abide by any decision that is made in that particular forum albeit that he was for many years, previously quite happy with the status quo?

    That’s before it went against him.

  9. What is Mr. Oneill doing. Why not let Sir Micheal complete his term. The two goverment are tussling while we AROB look

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