PM CASE RETURNS TO COURT
A special Supreme Court reference challenging the legality of James Marape’s election as Prime Minister returned to court today (Friday) for hearing.
Opposition Leader Belden Namah initiated and refiled the reference on Tuesday 31st, March.
Presiding Judge David Cannings told the lawyers representing both parties that at this stage he considered the case important such that it should progress.
Justice Cannings directed that parties intervening to be served by April 06th. His direction includes intervenors to file their applications to intervene. It further states any other applications by April 09 and set April 14 for hearing these intervening applications.
Parliament overwhelmingly elected Marape on May 30, 201 following this resignation of Peter O’Neill. Lack of trust and vote-of-confidence on his government prompted his resignation.
NAMAH’S CASE DISMISSED
Last Friday, a five-men Supreme Court dismissed Namah’s reference on the grounds of being incompetent. It cited that his lawyers used wrong form when filing the case.
The court upheld the objection to competency application sought PM Marape and the Attorney-General Steven Davis’s lawyers.
The government lawyers raised four grounds in their objection to competency against Namah’s case. The court upheld only one and also dismissed the other three.
CITIZENS AGAINST NAMAH CASE
Majority of PNG citizens criticized the Parliamentary Opposition for pursuing the case. In light of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19 pandemic)challenges in the country, they said, Namah should discontinue the case. Thus, Marape Government can concentrate on mitigating the challenges at hand. https://www.pngattitude.com/2021/03/covidiots-and-fake-news-swamp-social-media.html
Namah in a media statement justified that the legal proceeding he initiated was ‘nothing personal and or political.’
NAMAH RESPONDS TO CRITICS
This is a very important matter of Parliamentary process that will have implications for strengthening the lariat and formality of process in the formation of Governments in our country for generations to come.
It is the Constitutional responsibility of the Opposition to keep the government of the day in check and transparent and accountable at all times for and on behalf of the people of our country.
Opposition Leader Namah continued that ‘it is not lost on us that this application comes at a time that the world is facing the threat of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“I would like to reassure the people of our nation that we in the Opposition stand united in the fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic,” he said. https://pngsun.com/2020/04/03/what-goes-around-comes-around/