Sir Puka denies claims of moving to Opposition

Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS and Abau MP, Sir Puka Temu, has denied claims of moving to the Opposition.

Sir Puka was referring to a social media post that claimed that he had discussed with the other Papuan MPs, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Alotau MP, Charles Abel, to move to the Opposition.

With the grace period for the vote of no confidence approaching, rumours are rife on social media on several MPs in the government making a move to change the Prime Minister.

However, many have denied such claims on social media claiming it is the desperate work of the Opposition.

Sir Puka was one such MP.

He told this newsroom that such rumours are just the work of the Opposition to tarnish the good relationship the Papuan MPs have with the current government.

Sir Puka said he had helped Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in 2011 to be where he is now and cannot move away from him.

He added that he had made a commitment to stand by PM O’Neill during such times and cannot be moved unless they sack him.

Other MPs that denied their moves to the Opposition include Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil, United Resource Party leader William Duma and Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas.

The 18 month grace-period for the vote of no-confidence will lapse on Feb 4, 2018.


Freddy Mou