WE leave it to the courts to determine if presumed legal services by Paul Paraka Lawyers were really met with illegal payments by prime minister Peter O’Neill and others.
We also stay out of the political wrangling that inevitably accompanies inquiries into government officials and politicians.
Nor do we care much about political careers that may end or blossom according to court rulings.
We just note that the soul searching the country is undergoing these days reveals a deep yearning for a new beginning.
Since independence Papua New Guinea has been marred by poor governance and corruption. Now people had enough.
They had enough of dubious payments, uncompleted projects, political consent, and votes captured every five years with unfulfilled promises.
Mr O’Neill and colleagues always repeat the same refrain: judge us at the election in 2017. But what if, by then, the country is financially, socially and morally bankrupt.
Outgoing ministers and members of parliament are not going to pay a price for it, but the common people will suffer.
There is something missing in a democracy when constitutional changes become too easy and parliamentary opposition is almost nil.
Thank God the judiciary appears to be vibrant and independent in Papua New Guinea.
But government and politicians should not blame the media when they prove to be the last bulwark of democracy. Who else is going to expose bad or wrong decisions when parliament is an accomplice and the judiciary cannot acquire necessary proof?
The dream for a clean and honest running of the public affairs is palpable among young people.
There is a third post-independence generation of Papua New Guineans emerging after the Somares and the O’Neills. They want a more mature democratic process and a totally transparent management of public wealth and funds.
They are preparing for it. Please, don’t stand in their way.