THE opposition will do everything within its powers including seeking court redress and rallying for 55 signatures from members to force an early recall of parliament, The National reports.
The opposition, led by former ministers Sir Puka Temu, Belden Namah and Charles Abel, Sir Mekere Morauta and Bart Philemon, in a joint media conference, stated that the motion would be followed through to rally 55 MPs to sign a petition to force the speaker to recall parliament.
The opposition made this known after the notice of motion to oust the prime minister was not entertained in parliament.
The notice was handed over to speaker Jeffrey Nape, the chairman of the committee on private business which he indicated would meet at 2pm but walked into the chamber before the appointed time to entertain a motion for adjournment to November.
Sir Puka said the wish of the people for the prime minister
to step aside was not entertained by the speaker.
He said the opposition had 45 MPs and were talking to 15 MPs in government who wanted to move but dare not because they might lose their privileges as ministers and were also
afraid that the government might not release their project and district funding.
“We will get the 55 required signatures to recall parliament,” Sir Puka said.
“There are 15 in the government side who have made commitments to us and, between now and November, they will move to us.
“The game is not over because the motion was not entertained.”
Sir Puka said the government was run by the “kitchen cabinet” that was controlled by three ministers, the prime minister, Arthur Somare and Paul Tiensten while other ministers were just being used as rubber stamps.
Namah supported Sir Puka, stating that he had declared war on the government.
“They have now won a battle, but I will win the war,” Namah said.
He said the strategy now was for the opposition to go to court seeking to recall parliament and, secondly, to secure signatures of 55 MPs to force the speaker to recall parliament.
“It’s a dictatorial government. That is the reason why we left the government. Ministers are rubber stamps.
“We will employ every strategy to change the government,” Namah added.