AS POLITICKING begins to intensify in the run-uo to next May’s general election, Wera Mori, the member for Chuave in Simbu Province, has alleged the Simbu Provincial Government has used photographs of Chuave District without consent.
The three photographs with the image of Governor Noah Kool were published in the national Post Courier newspaper last Thursday.
Mr Mori claims they are the sole property of the Chuave District Administration not the Simbu Provincial Government.
He says that the Chuave administration should have been consulted about and also given credit for the infrastructure development shown.
“Chuave District is one of the performing districts in the province which also contributed immensely in the infrastructure projects for the wellbeing of the people,” Mr Mori said.
“This has elevated the status of Simbu as one the best performing provinces in the country.”
It was obvious to the people of Chuave that the photographs showed projects initiated under the leadership of Mr Mori and not from the Governor’s provincial improvement funds.
The people know that the Duma–Gun feeder road and upgrading of the Waramai-Koinu road were solely local initiatives.
“The three photographs had no counterpart funding from the Simbu Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Noah Kool,” said Mr Mori.
The Chuave people are now raising this question of what the Simbu Provincial Government under Governor Kool has done with its provincial funds for Chuave District.
“It would be more appropriate, if Noah Kool used a photograph of infrastructure solely funded by the [provincial services] grant rather than these three photographs portraying the property of the Chuave people,” Mr Mori said.
The Chuave people are demanding a public apology from the Governor Kool for hijacking the photographs which they say had tarnished the reputation of Chuave District.