Pangu Pati

Pangu convention underway

This is the first convention proper after taking office in 2019.

Party officials from all the provinces flew into Port Moresby to attend the National Convention.

The Convention aims to affirm the party structure, constitution and policies retrospective to what PANGU has done for the country.

Party leader and Prime Minister James Marape in an earlier statement said, “We will also look at what we, this generation of Pangu members, have done over the last two years under my watch.

PNGEC prioritizes partnerships

Southern Highlands Provincial Administrator, Jerry David and Acting Electoral Commissioner, Simon Sinai signed the MoU that now allows for the PNGEC and the provincial administration to coordinate efforts to update the electoral roll in the provinces in preparation for the 2022 general elections.

“Sharing information and coordinating with stakeholders is a priority.”

“Electoral Commission will work with other important national bodies.”

“Our international partners are also important stakeholders, who we will continue to work with.”

Samuel Commends Voters

Lohia Boe Samuel was declared on June 24th when his total votes of 25,185 bypassed the absolute majority of 23,249 votes and sworn-in to office on Friday 2nd July.

Samuel said the people of Moresby Northwest have been neglected for a very long time.

In response to alleged rigging of elections, Samuel said, “The election was not rigged. It was a result of many, many years of hard work.”

The new member said the problem started when results of the first count were being tallied at the ward 7 counting location in Murray Barracks.

Minister warns against Pangu Pati scam

This follows a recent development involving person(s) identifying themselves as representatives of Pangu Pati and requesting membership sign-up and fees from individuals around Maprik district.

It has been alleged that some ‘person of interest’ belonging to a newly established church have been prompting individuals to sign up for membership with promises of thousands of kina credited into their accounts as rewards; those who sign up are asked to do so with a certain amount, including a cost of K50 or more.

Two more MPs join PANGU

They are Middle Fly MP Roy Biyama and Tambul-Nebilyer MP, Win Daki.

Pangu Pati Leader and Prime Minister James Marape officially welcomed the MPs today, saying Pangu is all about quality leadership and not numbers.

The Prime Minister clarified that other MPs have also shown interest in joining but have been directed to join other coalition parties.

The new additions now brings the number of Pangu Pati MPs to 28.

Meantime, Prime Minister Marape also announced that the party’s gala dinner will be hosted on December 21 in Port Moresby.

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Marape announces major Cabinet reshuffle

They include Charles Abel, Alfred Manase, Petrus Thomas and Elias Kapavore.

This was announced following the swearing in of National Alliance Party Leader, Patrick Pruaitch, and his Deputy, Timothy Masiu, as Ministers as well as United Resources Party Parliamentary Leader, William Duma, and his Deputy Jelta Wong.

Pruaitch now takes on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade portfolio, Masiu as Communication and Information Minister, while Duma has been allocated the Commerce and Industry Portfolio, and Wong as Health & HIV/AIDS Minister.

Wewak MP moves to PANGU

His moved was announced today in Port Moresby, bringing the total number of PANGU Pati members to 26.

PANGU Pati’s Deputy parliamentary leader and Transport Minister William Samb welcomed the MP to the party, witnessed by other members and Party General Secretary Morris Tovebai.

Samb said Isifu made a decision to join PANGU as they were in the same coalition.

Momase region members of PANGU also joined to witness the event.

Basil, Samb reelected to lead PANGU

The election of his deputy and Goilala MP William Samb was also nullified.

The decision was made in favour of Pangu Pati president Patrick Pundao who sought the ruling in his submission via his lawyer Justin Isaac.

However, both were re-elected to lead the party.

The court had ordered for a re-election facilitated by the registrar of political parties and candidates, Alphonse Gelu.

Complying with the court order, party executives and members convened at a meeting on Monday, October 1st, which was supervised and facilitated by Gelu.

Pangu intact

During a press conference on Friday, the Goilala MP and deputy leader of Pangu gave the assurance that one of PNG’s oldest political parties still remains intact.

On May 8th, the Pangu Pati Executive Council announced that it has suspended the party leader and Member for Bulolo, Sam Basil, from Pangu.

Pangu Pati executives maintain stand

Tovebae made these remarks after Bulolo MP and Minister for Communication and Energy, Sam Basil, made an announcement recently that the party president Thomas Pundao and Tovebae were sidelined.

Tovebae, in a phone interview, told this newsroom that the Pangu Pati executives are conducting business as usual and everything is in control despite Basil’s announcement.

He said the party’s executive council is supreme and have the last say, according to OLLIPAC laws.