Belden Namah

Namah urges Govt to close isolation facilities

Namah said placing COVID-19 patients in isolation facilities is driving fear and depression in the minds of the patients and could cause complications which could lead to death. He recommends that the patients should be sent home to self-isolate.

“COVID-19 has no medicinal cure, so what is the point of isolating COVID-19 patients. We admit patients to the ward because doctors and nurses can treat them,” said Namah.  

COVID-19 acquittals needed

Namah said large amounts of money were released, and need to be acquitted.

He challenged the Prime Minister to make public details of the COVID-19 operations.

“He must publish acquittals (accounts and details) and account for the first K24 million, the K600 million roll out, the K1.2 billion soft loan from Australia and all subsequent gifts, grants and loans,” the Opposition Leader said.

Namah calls for immediate suspension of Astrozeneca vaccine rollout

Namah made the call as almost all countries of Europe halted rollout of this particular vaccine on initial reports of side effects.

Most European countries, except England which produced this vaccine, have halted vaccinations on early reports of blood clotting.

Namah said if Marape insisted on the rollout, him and his front bench cabinet ministers and their families must get vaccinated first.

Namah apologises for events of 2011 political impasse

He said although he had already apologized on several occasions, it is only fitting to do it again as the body of the late Grand Chief Sir lies in state, in the Parliament chamber for the last time.
 
Namah also apologised to former Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia for storming the court house.
 
He clarified that his move during those times were politically motivated and not personal.
 

Namah pays tribute to Sir Michael Somare

From Wutung in West Sepik Province to East Cape in Milne Bay, from the Shortland in the Autonomous region of Bougainville  to the isles of the Coral Sea in Milne Bay to Manus in the Bismarck Sea and New Ireland and New Britain in the New Guinea islands from Yonki to Lake Kopiago in the highlands and the Torres Straits in Western Province to China Straits in Milne Bay in the Southern Region and from Tewaii Siassi to Wutung in Mamose region,  we mourn our first Prime Minister, our finest and dearest Chief and Father. 

Speaker's Pandemic Act challenge dismissed

The Speaker of Parliament Job Pomat in his application stated that under Section 110 (1) of the Constitution, the Speaker is obliged to certify under the National Seal in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Parliament that a law has been made by Parliament.

Pomat argued that under the Standing Order 221 of the Parliament, ‘every act made by the Parliament shall be presented to the Speaker for certification under the National Seal, having been first certified by the signature of the Clerk as having been passed by the Parliament.

Namah’s proposed visit to Rita Flynn welcomed

Manning was responding to comments by Namah claiming that the announcement on the first COVID-19 case in Vanimo is fake.

Manning said the patient in Vanimo was tested at the Sandaun Provincial Hospital through the geneXpert machine and the results were formally transmitted to the National Control Centre health technical team for announcement.

Dr Stella Jimmy, Director of Curative Health at the Sandaun Provincial Health Authority, confirmed that the patient was tested positive for COVID-19. She said the patient is being moved into an isolation facility.

Namah challenges National Pandemic Act 2020 in court

Young and Williams Lawyers, Counsel for Namah, lodged the Supreme Court Application (SCC OS/4/2020) at 9.36am on Wednesday.

Namah in a statement said the Opposition has applied to have the Act struck down as unconstitutional under Section 41 of the Constitution by the Supreme Court.

He clarified that they have find the National Pandemic Act to be contrary to the Constitution for the following reasons:-

Officer allegedly assaulted by PM’s officers

69-year-old Pala Wagula was serving the Opposition Leader, Belden Namah’s, court challenges when he was reportedly attacked on the 9th floor of Sir Manasupe Haus.

“I was instructed by Greg Sheppard, the principal of Young & Williams, to serve the Supreme Court documents to Prime Minister James Marape at about 1pm,” stated Wagula.

“I went to the Prime Minister’s Office and the security allowed me to go up to the 9th floor.

Namah calls for audit into COVID-19 funds

Namah made this call in a press conference in Port Moresby.

Leader of the Opposition Belden Namah is calling on the Government to tell the people of the country how the 23 million Kina COVID-19 funds is being spent as there is no supplementary budget to cater for the expenses.

Mr Namah made this call after Treasurer Ian Ling Stuckey announced an additional K600 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“Whilst all the rest of the world is scaling down on its response on COVID-19, PNG is scaling up with its response.