PRIME MINISTER MARAPE OUTLINES RATIONAL IN CABINET RESHUFFLE

Today, I had the unpleasant task of decommissioning some fine PNG leaders but at the same time uplifting leaders of NA and URP into Cabinet.

Government  needs  cohesive  and  coherent  mindset  and  because  I  was  leading  a  big coalition of over 105 MPs the last 5 months, some times I was kept busy managing politics then country due to differences of opinions from amongst different political parties in government.

Due to continual contest of opinion I had to let few go including Pangu Pati detaching from alliance with PNC. The Pangu caucus continued to give hope for sincerity of relationship between PNC leadership but since the cross acceptance of nomination by former PMPO on

30th  of  May  and  continual  evidence  of  PNC’s  interest  in  Opposition  Leader  Namah’s present court case against election of PMJM, the cut by Pangu from alliance with PNC was bound to happen.

Most PNGeans wanted change from PNC influence, well the country has now by this rearrangement. I am sacrificing my relationship with PNC and more so leaders I am close with but this is nothing tribal or personal but a national strategy to stabilize political numbers to get me and government security and cohesiveness to do what is right for our country.

In  December,  I  will  be  doing  another  performance  review  of  my  Ministers  and  their Departmental Heads, and if performance warrants decommissions it will be so.

But for the meantime Ministers are expected to do their job. For the interest of PNGeans, all Ministers have their Key Performance Indicators and their performance will be measured against those KPIs going forward.

I am not here to be a professional PM planning to serve long in this Office, but to start a chain of changes that will progress our nation to a better future. And so what ever time I have, I want to start by growing the economy by empowering PNGeans to grow their own businesses.

Pangu gave political support independence at 1975, under new Pangu going forward we want to grant full economic independence to our people, our country. All Ministers are tasked to grow the economy in the first instances amongst other issues like fighting systematic wastes through corruption and complacencies in their respective ministries.

Irrespective of ethnicity, religion or gender, we want to encourage our citizens go into businesses harnessing from our own natural resources. That’s why we partnering our banks where Government will park credit guarantee funds (K200m every year) to assist PNGeans to grow businesses.

Amongst everything else all my ministers are tasked to do, this is my anchor of taking back PNG, where we will no child left behind in the process we will make PNG the richest black Christian nation on earth.

In a nation blessed with gold, gas, copper, nickel, oil, timber, fish, tourism, agriculture, culture, massive land, and Human Resources, we can do it.

Next week, I will inform PNGeans on role of each Minister under our Government and some of our achievements to date.