RULING PARTY PREPARES FOR ELECTIONS
The ruling Pangu Pati today increased its numbers to 38.
MASIU AND NAGURI JOINS PANGU
The inclusion of South Bougainville MP, Timothy Masiu and Bogia MP, Robert Naguri helped boost its number. They both defected from their National Alliance and Liberal Parties respectively.
Prime Minister and Pangu leader, Hon. James Marape, made the announcement today in a press conference.
PANGU CONVENTION UNDERWAY
Pangu prepares to host its one-day National Convention in Port Moresby on Friday.
PM Marape said Masiu and Naguri had formally resigned from their parties and welcomed them into the Pangu fold.
He said both leaders had made their choice to join Pangu, with no pressure placed on them.
PM Marape said South Bougainville and Bogia were traditional Pangu Party strongholds and the tradition continued with Masiu and Naguri.
FIRST PANGU PATI PARLIAMENTARY LEADER
“The first-every Parliamentary Leader of Pangu Pati was a gentleman by the name of Sir Paul Lapun. He is from Buin in South Bougainville,” he said.
“He then transferred leadership to the Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare, who moved and fought for our country to be politically independent.”
PM Marape said Masiu would help find a “win win” situation for both Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.
He said Naguri had joined Pangu to help address the ongoing Manam Island issue which continues to affect Bogia.
“No government, since the eruptions started in 2004, has made a serious attempt to ensure that resettlement and due care is given to the Manam islanders,” PM Marape said.
“I did visit his (Naguri’s) electorate, in the early part of my tenancy as Prime Minister, and am committed to doing one or two things, some of which are still outstanding.
“The road from Madang to Bogia, currently being built, is supported by the World Bank and our Government.
“In that context, Manam Island issues remain outstanding, and we cannot leave them unattended for so long.
As a party, we will embrace these (Manam Island issues), as part of the greater focus of our attention – not just for 2022, but more importantly, a permanent direction which we have never had.