Patrick Pruaitch

O’Neill responds to Pruaitch

Prime Minister and parliamentary leader for the People’s National Congress Party, Peter O’Neill, made this comment on Wednesday.               

He was referring to statements by Treasury Minister and National Alliance parliamentary leader, Patrick Pruaitch, who has been criticising the running of the economy and funding of the 2017 National Election.

“We have a very good relationship with individual party members of all these parties for over 5 years,” O’Neill told Loop PNG.   

“It is the individual leaders’ ambition and egos, people have to understand.”

Election funds for police irks Pruaitch

Treasury Minister and National Alliance Party parliamentary leader Patrick Pruaitch has back stabbed the National Government which his party was a member to in the last five years.     

Minister Pruaitch said the ability for police to secure a free and fair election is now being compromised with inadequate funding.   

Pruaitch said, he was shocked to learn last Friday during a meeting with Police Commissioner Gari Baki that the police force only received K8 million of its K121 million budget allocation for election operations.

Pruaitch to contest against 18 candidates

Pruaitch will be vying to return for his third consecutive term as the local MP for Aitape – Lumi District.   

The other unconfirmed names of  candidates are; Godfried Solmu, Canisius Kapu, John Ramoi, Job Tulipi, Andrew Oboi, Jerry Manyir, Zachery Miroi, Samson Kupu, Eddy Saweni, Leo Wamo, Solwai Emmanuel Mambei, Harry Rainald, Camillus Wulal, Paul Saroya, Philemon Tamari, John Awei Yemi, Chris Kati Kanako, and Brian Simbe.  

The  eight weeks of campaign will end on June 23, followed by 14 days of polling nationwide.

 

Is Treasury Minister genuine?

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tobias Kulang, told Loop PNG he is disappointed that his colleague Minister spoke against the Government.

Minister Kulang said if Pruaitch had an issue with the management of the economy, he should’ve spoken a long time ago and not on the eve of the elections.

“My question is, is he genuine? If he’s genuine he should’ve done that a long time ago.

“Now it’s just days away from the issuance of the writs so, I don’t know whether he’s truly genuine.

Marape: Don’t shy away for political convenience, Pruaitch

Marape issued a statement saying Patrick Pruaitch must take responsibility, as Treasurer and the chief economic minister of the O’Neill-Dion Government, who presided over the economy for the last few years, and he should not shy away for political convenience.

The Finance Minister  said this in response to the National Alliance Parliamentary Leader's public statement on the economy last Friday.

“The timing of his outburst cannot be more political than it is now as we confront  the 2017 National Elections,” the Minister said.

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No issues with potential backlash: Pruaitch

During a National Alliance Party event in Port Moresby on Friday, Pruiatch said the current economic strategy employed by  the coalition Government led by the Peoples National Congress has resulted in massive debt, a plunging GDP and growth rate, and a debt-to-GDP ratio myth.

NA is a major partner in the coalition Government.

Pruaitch presented these statements, witnessed by members, intending candidates, current members of Parliament, Party executives, NA founder and former Parliamentary leader Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

Foreign missions miss 10 fortnights, says Pruaitch

Treasury Minister, Patrick Pruaitch, revealed this and said despite intervention made the backlog is great and possibly too late to stop some dire consequences.

Pruaitch said this during a National Alliance Party event in Port Moresby where he also spoke against the PNC-led coalition government’s economic strategy which he says has resulted in massive debt, a plunging GDP and growth rate, and a debt-to-GDP ratio myth.

Pruaitch spills the beans

National Alliance is a coalition partner in the O’Neill-Dion government.

Speaking at a National Alliance Party event in Port Moresby, Pruaitch highlighted how the current government’s economic strategy has resulted in massive debt, a plunging GDP and growth rate, and a debt-to-GDP ratio myth.

Pruaitch, who is the Parliamentary Party Leader, spoke to members, intending candidates, Members of Parliament, Party executives, including former NA leader Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

K223m loan for water roll out programs

Treasury Minister, Patrick Pruaitch, signed the loan agreement today with World Bank PNG Country Manager, Anne Tully, as well as Planning and Monitoring Secretary, Hakaua Harry, and Water PNG Managing Director, Raka Taviri.

PNG Government is also counterpart funding the program with K20 million bringing the total funding to K243 million.

Minister Pruaitch said the signing today was a milestone for both the country and the World Bank and was grateful for the support which he said will support the government’s development plans to improve living standards.