“WE will stand like the rock and soar like the eagle. Eagles do not flock, they soar alone and are respected by all below. They are the epitome of a leader.”
So said PNG Party leader Belden Norman Namah after the Post-Courier reported unbelievable news: ‘Opposition down to two-men band’.
Mr Namah also said he is encouraged by the statement that “one man with God is a majority”.
Sam Basil, who was until Friday the deputy leader of the PNG Party, decided it was time to move on to become the leader and sole parliamentary member of PNG’s oldest political party, PANGU, replacing former Angoram Open MP, the late Ludwig Schulze who passed away last year.
This left Mr Namah as the only remaining parliamentary member of the PNG Party.
Mr Basil, who now has a massive task to revive and rebuild PANGU in preparation for the 2017 national elections, refuted the report that he is leaving the Opposition, advising that he will continue to work closely in Opposition with Belden Namah and Melanesian Liberal Party leader Dr Allan Marat.
Mr Namah spent much time and money on 91 candidates in the last election to win only eight seats and eventually end up losing all his party members.
Mr Namah admitted ‘it is very painful’ but was philosophical about it.
“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill,” he said. “And to win it without a struggle is perhaps to win it without honour.
“If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for there would be nothing to be achieved. If it means standing alone and fight, you fight it through because you are not fighting for your sake but fighting for more than seven million people of our beautiful country and one day it will be your turn.
“God will give us strength and wisdom to endure. Remember: This Fight is between David and Goliath (good and evil). God is on our side. We will stand like 'the rock' and soar like 'the eagle'. Eagles do not flock, they soar alone and are respected by all below. They are the epitome of a leader.”
In 2012, eight candidates including Mr Namah won seats under PNG Party: Sam Basil (Bulolo Open), Jim Kas (Madang Regional), Lucas Dekena (Gumine Open), Francis Marus (Talasea Open), Daniel Mona (Goilala Open), Francis Potape (Komo-Magarima Open) and Ross Seymour (Huon Gulf Open).
They and many other MPs now in government received financial support from Mr Namah - without which they most probably would have not won their seats.
Perhaps Belden Namah has changed after spending millions around K30 million during the elections and is no longer so generous, humble and approachable for assistance.
We can be assured, however, that he will always be honest at heart and no doubt is much wiser and stronger from his experience and a much better leader because of it.