Michael Ogio Is The New Governor General
by Scott Waide (Fri 14/01/2011)
There was chaos in parliament this morning with Western Governor Dr. Bob Danaya demanding that Ogio, a serving MP leave the chamber during the ballot. Deputy Opposition leader, Bart Philemon, a few minutes later, sought clarification from the acting speaker in relation to a Court order meant to prevent the vote from happening. The Acting speaker replied saying the vote will go ahead because he didn’t sight an order.
Shit just keeps getting better and better. Already we are off to a ROCKING start for 2011 with the most outrageous display of absurdity by the company of comics – oops I mean ‘leaders’ in the parliament.
I earlier expressed my disgust in one of my earlier posts (not here) about Sir Paulias Matane in his reappointment to the very same post. But alas! We have been subjected to a cruel case of ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’. Democracy and the Constitution (or what’s left of it) of this sovereign state has again been dealt a cruel blow at the hands of the current NA-led government.
This mockery of the government system takes the cake in my “What Were They Thinking?” special category of posts on this blog. Why?
Well one glaring itch in this whole affair is the very fact that he is currently an elected representative of the people of North Bougainville, serving as the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology in the current government.
Whether this rather arrogant course of action by the current government is legally sound or not is a debate that can be taken up by those who are more learned in this profession (Law) but the question that hangs on everyone’s mind is: “What now of the people of North Bougainville?”
Do they hang in ‘limbo’ until the next election which is just around the corner? Or do we throw more thousands of Kina into a by-election? Money which otherwise could be spent in more constructive, developmental ventures. Beats me in these men’s reasoning capability and I again question their legibility in being there and how WE, You and I had voted them in there in the first place.
In being sworn in as their elected representative, Ogio – and the rest of the 108 – is the voice of the people he represents and as such, is obligated to answer to his people when deciding to digress into such a farce of a venture. One cannot unilaterally leave such a contractual post on the get go just like that. This calls for a big “WHAT THE HELL WAS HE THINKING?” Or more like WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING???
I could rant on more but continuous exposure to such atrocious injustice is taking a toll on my sanity and state of being. I shall instead leave you with the Right Honourable Sam Basil – one of the only TRUE SON OF PNG in the Haus Tambaran who put this stinky affair into perspective more succinctly in his very recent press release in his blog, Bulolo Live. Do please check it out.
Even still, a blessed New Year to y’all