DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Belden Namah of the caretaker government is now on a whirlwind election campaign tour of the New Guinea Islands region and is currently transiting through Manus Province.
Yesterday, the MP for Vanimo-Green took some 45 minutes to tour the Lombrum naval base.
Belden Namah wooed the ship’s company by saying something to the effect that when he forms the next government and becomes the top honcho, he will build up the PNGDF (K1 billion), RPNGC (K1 billion) and Corrective Services (K0.5 billion) respectively.
The navy boys may be smiling to themselves as they see new fast patrol craft on the horizon under the next government (possibly).
Later in the day the DPM attended a political rally in Lorengau township.
Belden Namah surprised the crowd whilst certain official speakers were still addressing them by quietly leaving the grandstand.
He was then seen being escorted by the police to the nearby Bank South Pacific.
After a few minutes inside the bank, Namah returns to the rally, mounted the stage and openly made a K100,000 cash donation to two PNG Party-endorsed candidates.
Namah told the crowd to give their support to them as they applauded this gesture, while some unhappy people called out to the two endorsed candidates, “Na u tasol? Na blo mipela wer?” [‘That’s yours; where’s ours?’]
Radio Manus reported the DPM’s visit to Manus but only refrained from what happened at yesterday’s political rally at Lorengau (especially the antics).
Former Manus MP Nahau Rooney spoke live on the Dabai radio program this morning with NBC’s Matilda Gaveva to express her disappointment about Namah's strange behaviour.
Nahau Rooney asked the question: why couldn’t the DPM do this behind closed doors?
She then appealed to all PNGeans not to put this government into office due to such antics by politicians and candidates during their election campaign.