EVERY election cycle our people have fallen for individual charisma and each time we have regretted our choices.
Perhaps in 2017 we should be voting into parliament development teams.
Development in Papua New Guinea requires teams of development experts and not just individual members of parliament.
Solving health, education, and infrastructure challenges isn’t just about MPs throwing money at projects but also an implementation team that oversees project monitoring and completion.
Each time we think we vote in the right person but perhaps the people they have around them have been incompetent leaches sponging on public resources.
An MP may have a great policy platform but does the MP have the right people to implement those policies.
This is a challenge faced by much of PNG.
In Bulolo, where the local MP Sam Basil gets a lot done with his District Services Improvement Program, he has a great team that work on the ground to transform his ideas and vision into tangible development.
In 2017 I hope we vote in teams that do transform our country.