Opposition Welcomes Decision


By Theckla Gunga – EMTV, Port Moresby

Opposition Leader, Don Polye, has welcomed the court decision recognising Anderson Agiru as Hela Governor.

Polye said the decision has defused a potential volatile situation in Hela which has built up since December 22 of last year.

He described the government’s recognition of Komo-Magarina MP, Francis Potate, to replace Anderson Agiru while the matter was before the courts as pouring fire on the LNG investment in Hela.

“I believe in our judiciary system and that justice had been served finally, at least for now until the matter returns to court on February 19,” said Polye.

However, Polye said the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, and his deputy Leo Dion have contradicted their statement over the issue.

“Are O’Neill and Dion so blind that they cannot see the chaos that would descend on Hela if Dion recognises one Governor and the National Court recognises the other? Can they not see the risk to the LNG Project and PNG’s future?” Polye asked.

Polye said the government does not have the power to recognise any member of parliament as a governor and has commended the National Courts for restoring order and leadership in the province.

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