PNG PRIME MINISTER Peter O’Neill says by sacking a party leader he is driving home the message that all party leaders are subject to the same rules and regulations of conduct.
He says party leaders must ensure they adhere to solidarity in cabinet and provide stability as a team.
William Duma (pictured) who was Petroleum & Energy Minister and is leader of United Resource Party was dismissed.
Mr O’Neill said the decision was based on performance, teamwork and stability of each the ministers.
“Today was a hard day and it’s hard to do these to your own colleague ministers, some of whom are your personal friends," said Mr O’Neill.
Police Minister, Nixon Duban, who is a member of People's National Congress Party will take charge of the ministry.
Member for Henganofi, Robert Atiyafa, and Member for Gumine, Nick Kuman, are also members of the People's National Congress.
Atiyafa is now Minister for Police while Kuman takes control of the Education ministry.
David Arore, who was Minister for Higher Education and a member of the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party, was dismissed. The MP for Sohe Delilah Gore, a member of the same party, replaces him.
Mr O’Neill has instructed all his cabinet ministers to develop short and medium term plans to implement all major government initiatives of the Alotau Accord.
He says their performances will be measured and monitored against goals set for them and their departments to deliver.