PNG LAWMAKER CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF ‘DRUNK’ LEADERS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 30) – All eyes are now on the Autonomous Bougainville Government President Joseph Kabui to see what action he will take over the drunken behavior of his deputy and senior administration members.

Pressure is mounting as the public throughout Bougainville demand Mr. Kabui to show some leadership and immediately take steps to discipline Vice-President Joseph Watawi and senior members of administration for their drunken behavior at Amun Village, West Coast Torokina, a day before the burial of late Peter Tsiamalili.

Member for Baubake, Thomas Lugabai, said the people are closely monitoring what action the president will take to satisfy the relatives of Tsiamalili and save the reputation and credibility of his government

Mr. Lugabai said the incident was a disgrace to the region and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"We are now at a loss when the government had arranged a two-week mourning period for the late leader and the government’s own vice president had chosen to behave quite contrary to what was expected of him," he said. "It is even worse when the vice-president is in company of very senior public servants of the administration."

Lugabai also called on the acting chief administrator to immediately suspend the senior public servants involved and appoint new members to act in their positions while the matter is investigated.

He said the drunken behavior of the leaders is against the principle of leadership.

This is a clear sign of disrespect, especially during a funeral, which is a special time to mourn the dead.

"It is now up to Kabui to act swiftly and take the immediate disciplinary action as he promised the people of Amun, Torokina and Bougainville," he said.

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