An upright leadership and Godly principles should drive politics in the country, Opposition Leader Don Polye says.
Mr Polye said even though PNG was proclaimed as a Christian nation since Independence in 1975, customary gods placed at the centre of running its affairs.“Parliamentarians, community and business leaders must champion upright leadership and Godly principles.
“We must stop this norm of leaving it alone to the pastors and their church members,” he told hundreds of people who turned up at Lawe in Lai constituency, Kandep last week. Polye thanked God for listening to his prayers in turning bad weathers into fine days at places where he visited around the country.
He said one such place was in his Kandep district’s Lawe where the weather was dull but was turned into a bright afternoon. The Kandep MP said upright leadership and Godly principles were lacking in the country’s Parliament.
Polye wants this restored to showcase to the rest of the world that PNG was really a Christian nation. In 2002, he said, citizens were praying for a ‘saviour’ to salvage the country’s economy from sinking further. Polye further said God favourably answered their request then by placing a better government under Sir Michael Somare, a government then in which he was his Deputy Prime Minister.
“We revived the economy to have sufficient foreign reserves and increase in employment opportunities, amongst others,” he told them. The Opposition Leader said the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government had run the hard-salvaged economy down.
He cited delay in public service salary, disconnection of power supplies to Government House and Parliament and non-payment of United Nations’ membership fees. Polye added the non-payment of operational funds for overseas missions and their staff salary, shortage of medical drugs in health facilities and the depletion of foreign reserves were signs and symptoms of the cash-strapped economy.
|Polye shaking hands with Walupim primary school students in Kandep. |
Image: PNG Opposition / 2017.