By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Former Attorney General and member for Sinasina Yongomugl, Kerenga Kua, is strongly against the current situation of having one vegetable importer for the entirety of Papua New Guinea.
In an interview with EMTV News this afternoon, Kua said Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll, must come out and provide reasons for this being the case.
“The people of PNG need a proper explanation from Minister Tomscoll why he chose to make this decision,” Kua said.
He added that the vegetable monopoly through one importer is discriminatory.
“We have many players (businesses) in the country which can be importers of vegetables as well, why allow only one importer?” Kua asked.
Meanwhile, Kua said the recent statement by Minister Tomscoll for David Conn to resign is uncalled for.
Kua said the Agriculture Minister has not understood the concerns raised by Conn.
“Conn is an experienced person with a better background and has always been instrumental in supporting better ideas for the government,” Kua added.
The Sinasina Yongomugl MP called on Minister Tomscoll to relook at his decision.
A response from the Minister of Agriculture could not be obtained this afternoon.