Monday, July 18, 2011

Duma: Politics got me sacked



UNITED Resources Party leader and Hagen MP William Duma has described as “pure politics” the term “incompetent” used by Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal to sack him from cabinet, The National reports.

Duma was petroleum and energy minister at the time of his sacking.

He told a gathering in Mt Hagen last Friday that he knew his job like any other trained professional.

Duma said Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare had given him the portfolio because the Grand Chief knew he would deliver.

He said the multi-billion-kina liquefied natural gas project in Southern Highlands and the InterOil gas project in Gulf were his projects.

However, many other leaders were claiming credit for them.

He said one of the clauses in the Waragoi Agreement, signed in Kokopo during the formation of government, called for mutual respect and consultation.

However, he said Abal did not consult him before sacking him. He read about his sacking while in Cairns, Australia.

He told his people: “I forgive the people behind my sacking because they did not know what they were doing.”

Duma said all nine URP MPs were united and would continue to move forward.

He also welcomed Engans and Southern Highlanders into Mt Hagen city to do business.

He said people from the resource provinces had money to spend and they must be respected and allowed to come in and spend their money.

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