Namah criticises ‘Marape Manifesto’

Opposition Leader Belden Namah claims Prime Minister James Marape has no policy or strategy to steer the country out of its current economic state.

Namah criticised the Prime Minister’s ‘Marape Manifesto’ which he says will lead the country into destruction.

The Opposition Leader said it is more than 100 days since James Marape had taken office, yet there is not a policy or strategy being offered.

Namah said instead, the Prime Minister announced a ‘Manifesto’ on Independence Day, which was released to the public on September 13th.

It contains 10 declarations covering landowner benefits, economic growth, health and education, security, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) promotion, a strong Christian identity and public sector efficiency.

The PM said: “These mantra, aims and manifestos are from the core of my DNA and not from data, statistics or policy evidence.”

In response, Namah said: “He likes to preach and tell people about what they want to hear, but he’s got no answer to give to this country. It’s over 100 days now. He’s come up with a manifesto. He saying that it’s from his DNA.

“So you have no policies, you have no statistics, you have no data, you're saying it’s from your DNA. What’s coming out from your DNA?”

Namah says history has shown that the announcement of manifestos has led to the demise of leaders who announced them.

“In history two world leaders announced manifestos on the National Day. He is now the third world leader to announce a manifesto on the national day.

“The first two leaders were (Joseph) Stalin and (Adolf) Hitler. When they announced their manifesto on the National Day, they destroyed their country and destroyed themselves. That’s the history.

“James Marape will destroy himself and the country.

“Let me put Prime Minister on notice that if he thinks he is going to have an easy ride, he should think again. Not with this small and little team of Opposition that I lead.”

The PM’s ambitious vision of making PNG the richest, black Christian nation ‘where no child is left behind’ is contained in the manifesto.

He outlined his aim is for “PNG to be economically independent by 2030 and beyond”.

His strategy is to “align PANGU Party policies and Government policies and legislations congruent to the intent of our national constitution and eight-point plan of 1975, in order to take back PNG resources and putting it in the hands of our landowners, their provincial governments and Papua New Guinea in a fair arrangement with all stakeholders, including our foreign investors”.

Cedric Patjole