Namah called to Resign

Finance Minister James Marape has called on Opposition Leader Belden Namah to resign.

This follows Namah’s continuous outburst inthe media aboutthe disbursement of DSIP funds to districts.

Minister Marape has urged Namah to come up with alternative policies instead of making unfounded criticisms.

Mr Namah has been critical overthe disbursement of DSIP funds claiming that opposition MP’shave been left out.

The same was raised in parliament bythe Deputy Opposition leader Sam Besil.

Minister Marape’said according to Section three ofthe Public Finance Management Actohe was responsible for the discourse of public expenditure in line withthe budget and that Mr namah had no right to question his role asthe finance minister.

Mr Marape asked Mr Namah to resign and futher charged that he does not suitthe credentials to bethe alternative prime minister.

He saidthe issue onthe extension of Grace Period was clear with an overwhelming support fromthe coalition partners and that DSIP funds were not used to entice members to vote for the extension as claimed to by Mr Namah.

Minister Marape assured all members who have missed out onthe first payment of DSIP funds thatthey will receivetheir funds soon.

Belden Namah launched complaints on Monday withthe Ombudsman Commission to investigate Mr Marape and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for alleged misconduct in office.

Ruth Rungula, National EMTV News

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