Kerenga Kua

Minister to follow process in appointment of secretary

In a statement, the Minister called on the public to respect the process of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in making the selection.

His statement comes after malicious comments were made in the media last week about public servants who were allegedly shortlisted by the Public Service Commission.

Minister Kua said political interference in the past has eroded Government systems and processes and he would like to see that this government avoids this trap.

Kua commends appointment of Sir Salamo in CoI

Kua also commended the appointment of Sam Koim, former Task Force Sweep head, as Counsel assisting the COI. 

He says former Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia comes to this job with a substantial experience and integrity and would do an excellent job in the Inquiry. 

He dismissed any insinuations of bias on the part of the former Chief Justice in this appointment, especially those raised by former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. 

Kua says Sir Salamo is a very experienced Judge and knows enough to compartmentalise issues. 

Tread carefully in reviewing resource laws: Minister

His question during the recent Parliament session was directed to the Minister for Petroleum, Kerenga Kua, who said industry legislations will be looked at carefully because these are billion-dollar industries.

Minister Kua said the first task that his Ministry has taken to is the Papua LNG Gas agreement.

Call to resume Parliament

This is to deal with the Opposition’s Vote of No Confidence motion which was filed on May 7th.

Despite parliament adjourning to May 28th, the Opposition has asked the Speaker to recall parliament to deal with their Vote of No Confidence motion.

“But if you can all remember Supreme Court ruling of 2016, court ruled that a notice of motion to remove the Prime Minister is not an ordinary motion under the standing order,” clarified Kua.

Ipatas petition shows PM lost support: Kua

Kerenga Kua says this was evident when Sir Peter Ipatas filed a Supreme Court reference questioning the validity of the District Development Authority.

Kua explained that for a member of the O’Neill Government to file a court reference, as Governor for Enga has done on March 15th, with the support of sixteen other provincial governors, shows that major issues can no longer be addressed.

Shadow Minister concerned with APEC Security Act

The Act was passed in 2017 and amended this year.

Shadow Minister Kerenga Kua, who is also the Sinesine-Yongomugl MP, believes the amended APEC Safety and Security Act contracts PNG’s sovereignty to foreign soldiers who will be coming into this country.

Kua says the Act directs citizens to treat foreign security as they would members of the PNG Defence Force and Royal PNG Constabulary, even though this country was not involved in their respective screening and vetting.

Ministers should not meddle in appointments: Kua

Sinasina-Yongomugl and Shadow Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Police, Correctional Services and Defence, Kerenga Kua, said SOEs are really struggling with other private entities in terms of profit making.

He added that the Government must be serious and look into such issues and address it amicably.

“We cannot allow politicians to continue to control the appointment of directors and CEOs of state owned enterprises.

“We must allow the SOEs to operate as an independent entity.”

PM defends overseas trips

Kerenga Kua had claimed that Peter O’Neill had been frequently attending various overseas meetings without addressing issues affecting the country.

Kua said the Prime Minister should return home and take a hard look at the sufferings of our people and tighten the government belt on wanton spending.

However, Prime Minister O’Neill responded and told this newsroom that Kua’s statement is just cheap politics.

Shadow AG questions PM’s frequent trips

Shadow Attorney General, Kerenga Kua, expressed indignation that the PM continues to travel the world while education, health care and other services in the country have collapsed due to irresponsible government spending.

“The Prime Minister should return home and take a hard look at the sufferings of our people and tighten the government belt on wanton spending,” Kua said.

Tentative dates for MPs’ contempt case

The trial will see Bryan Kramer, Sir Mekere Morauta, Patrick Pruaitch and Kerenga Kua answer to allegations of contempt that are being raised by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill regarding issues that were before the courts.

Twivey Lawyers today informed the Supreme Court there are seven distinct allegations leveled against each MP.

Only Vanimo-Green MP, Belden Namah, is yet to be served the contempt motion.