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Thirteen months before the next general election and national politicians in New Ireland appear to be at loggerheads over management and administration of public office and funds for the province.
In a recent move several presidents of the local level government and the two open MP’s Walter Schnaubelt and Ian Ling-Stuckey have referred Governor Sir Julius Chan to the Ombudsman Commission.
A move Sir Julius in a statement says he is unfazed with what he described as malicious gossip and erroneous threats orchestrated by the open members of Kavieng and Namatanai.
“They can do whatever they like. I don’t have anything to hide. These two unscrupulous ankle-biters actions on social media simply show they have no decency and are desperate for power. As far as I am concerned, their childish postings are simply a feeble attempt at revenge. I have nothing to hide and all of the points they raise are dead issues, already dealt with in the past on the floor of the Provincial Assembly where they belong,” Sir Julius said in a statement.
There has been sour relationships between Sir Julius as Governor and the two open MP’s post 2017 national general elections right from the formation of government.
Ling-Stuckey for Kavieng and Schnaubelt for Namatanai who dethroned Sir Julius’ son Byron are National Alliance MP’s while Sir Julius commands the People’s Progress Party.
Recently, the provincial assembly chaired by Sir Julius issued a statement that both open MP’s were removed from the assembly through a majority vote because they have missed several meetings.