BY LYDIA KAILAP
A FEELING of such hopelessness has taken over PNG since the limp decision of the Leadership Tribunal to punish Sir Michael Somare to a lashing with a wet tissue.
The prime minister has once again out-foxed everyone and is shamelessly gloating in the face of the nation.
By staving off the appointment of a Leadership Tribunal he bought the time necessary to weaken the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the Ombudsmen, the Attorney-General and the Judiciary.
Democracy and justice have yet again been dealt a severe blow in the land of the unexpected; and the people will continue to suffer, die and be denied their constitutional and human rights.
If Australia was genuinely concerned, it could at least provide the freedom fighters with the vast information their intelligence agencies have on the true state of Somare’s financial position.
I applaud the stance the dissenting judge took throughout the proceedings.
Strange that it was the Englishman and not the Aussie or the New Zealander.
The people of PNG now feel bereft of hope.