DEPUTY Opposition leader Peter Kenilorea Jnr has denied media reports he’s been offered the deputy prime minister’s position.
Journalist Alfred Sasako made the claim in an article he penned last week.
But Kenilorea said: Alfred Sasako’s musings are his own wishful thinking.
“I have not been offered any posts within the current Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) let alone the deputy prime minister’s post,” the East Are’are MP said.
The deputy prime minister’s post is yet to be filled after Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sacked John Maneniaru last week.
Maneniaru, who is the parliamentary wing leader of Kadere Party, one of the partners in the current coalition, was booted out for refusing to support the China switch.
Asked if the Government offers him the post, Kenilorea said he would politely decline it.
“I have firm convictions that the path this current government is taking our nation along is not the right one.
“My people continue to support my position to remain with the Opposition at this time,” he further added.
Kenilorea said Sasako referred to his late father and the lessons that he (Sasako) has learned from him.
“I have learned many lessons from my late father as well and one of which is to remain true to one’s convictions no matter the cost,” Kenilorea stated.
He further added that the biggest lessons he learned is to be the best father he can to his children, safe guard theirs and other children’s future, and be the best husband he can be to his wife.
Kenilorea is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee (FRC).
Prime Minister Sogavare, who left to China yesterday, is yet to appoint his deputy.
Minister for Infrastructure Development (MID) Manasseh Maelanga is the acting prime minister.
By ANDREW FANASIA