PRIME Minister Peter O'Neill told a crowd in Pangia station, Southern Highlands, on Saturday that leaders hungry for power were going to court, The National reports.
During his first visit as prime minister to his electorate accompanied by Works and Transport Minister Francis Awesa and Member for Karimui-Nomane Posi Menai, O'Neill told the people he was not hungry for power.
O'Neill said the government was changed because his team wanted to provide services to the people.
He said when former prime minister Sir Michael Somare was sick, the country was destroyed by a few greedy leaders.
He said the interest of the people was never put first despite the strong economic growth over the past nine years.
O'Neill said goods and services never reached people in the rural areas.
He said his government would always put the interests of people first.
He said the mandated leaders changed the government following due process because they had to change it for the better.
O'Neill said there was no coup or weapons used to change the government.
He claimed that when he was a former finance and treasury minister, he gave K1 billion for
medical supplies but some of the money went missing and some medical drugs were never bought.
He said such practices deprived people of better health care.
He told his people that the district service improvement programme would continue.