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National Alliance party sack 12 parliamentarians, leader calls on party executives to resign
By Online Editor
4:11 pm GMT+12, 14/10/2011, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s  National Alliance party has sacked 12 parliamentarians including Speaker Jeffery Nape, Don Polye, Sam Abal, Paul Tiensten and Patrick Tammur for conduct prejudicial to the interest of the party.

It has also suspended nine others pending their appeal against the charge.

A letter sent to the Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates, Sir Kina Bona, said the MPs were no longer members of the National Alliance party and they had the right to appeal against the decision with the party’s national executive council.

The letter to Sir Kina and copied to Parliament Clerk Don Pandan also said the remaining members of the party “will conduct a meeting to appoint an acting parliamentary leader as soon as possible after the determination by the Supreme Court on the future of party leader Sir Michael”.

The sackings and suspensions are over the overthrow of the party by the government and the dismissal of its parliamentary leader Sir Michael Somare.

It is the first time the NA party has taken a stern disciplinary action on its parliamentarians. The rift between the MPs and the party executives led to the demise of the Somare-led government.

Those confirmed as being expelled from the party are: Nape (Sinasina-Yongomugl), Polye (Kandep), John Luke (Milne Bay), Charles Abel (Alotau), Mathew Poia (Goilala), David Arore (Ijivitari), Pitom Bombom (Kerema), Sali Subam (South Fly) and Andrew Mald (Moresby Northeast).

Others who were expelled for “causing frustration among party members” that led to the events of August 2 are Abal (Wabag), Tiensten (Pomio) and Tammur (Kokopo).

Abal was sacked because as acting prime minister, he had sacked Polye as a minister against the party’s advice and also rallied support outside the party’s constitution to claim the Highlands deputy leadership.

Tiensten and Tammur were sacked for “causing frustration among party members” on the K125 million loan from Nasfund for the Kokopo district and the K10 million given to businessman Eremas Wartoto to buy an aircraft.

Members who were suspended for two months are: Ano Pala (Rigo), Alphonse Moroi (Central), Leo Dion (East New Britain), Michael Sapau (Manus), Mark Maipakai (Kikori), Lucas Dekena (Gumine), Sai Beseo (Kainantu), James Gau (Raicoast) and Buka Malai (Madang). They are suspended as members from Oct 1 to Nov 30.

Members of the National Alliance party council were not spared, with Douglas Tomuriesa sacked as member of the party and member of the council.

Suspended for their part in splitting the party are John Tuka (New Guinea Islands), James Kond (Highlands), Charles Synell and James Tiberame.

Meanwhile, Kandep MP Don Polye has called on the National Alliance party executives to resign before he starts preparing the party for the 2012 election.

Polye, the Treasury and Finance Minister, also advised party president Simon Kaiwi to refrain from making any more media comments because it was not in the best interest of the party eight months from the election.

“The party leadership is a dead issue. It’s a foregone conclusion,” Polye said.

He said the NA party constitution and the law on political parties and candidate in electing a leader had been completed and he was now the party leader.

“I call on Kaiwi and the four people in the NA executive committee not to make any more comments as it is contemp¬tuous,” he said.

Polye said the parliamentary wing made the decisions and the executives’ role was to administer the party and not overrule the mandated members of parliament.

“The NA party in a caucus meeting in Jiwaka made a decision for the party.

“The speaker of parliament has recognised that decision and the courts have recognised it not once but four times and upheld the decision,” he said.

“Sir Michael Somare has not challenged my leadership and not even one Member of Parliament from the parliamentary wing has challenged my leadership.”

Polye said his main task now was to prepare the party for the election including a “cleansing” of the current executives Kaiwi, Thomas Bullen, Stephen Pokawin and Joyce Grant.

Polye said out of the 40-plus MPs of the NA, 27 were with him.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

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