PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s decision not to attend United Nation General Assembly meeting in New York, USA (UNGA) is being questioned.
A concern citizen Heddy Brian Wanealafa said he was informed that Mr. Sogavare would not attend UN’s top meeting but sent his Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister instead.
Mr Wanealafa said that earlier on, the PM announced that he would be attending UNGA, but since he won’t attend, he owes the nation an explanation.
“I think Sogavare has something to hide or is fearing something that is why he wants to hide himself not to be seen at the UNGA,” he said.
Mr Wanealafa iterated that UNGA requires the presence and attendance of the Prime Minister and not his Foreign Affairs Minister.
Wanealafa alleged that there are few MPs who are unhappy with the outcome of the decision to switch allegiance to Beijing and the Prime Minister is not going to risk his government falling apart and hence, decided not to go to monitor the situation at home.
“It is really clear that the decision is not in the best interest of this country and yet those leaders want it that way,” he said.
He said they should have considered all the required reports in order to come up with a better decision but that’s not what had happened.
“The government have spent millions of our tax payers money to send the Task Force to undertake the so called review and therefore proper the report be publicly disclosed to gauge public opinion on the matter,” Mr Wanealafa stressed.
“The other reports that are also important are the Foreign Relations Committee and CBSI which have been ignored,” he added.
Wanealafa said it is very clear that such rush decisions is not for the interest of the country but for a few individuals who are influenced by others.
“If the PM has plans to do away with those reports, then why created these task-forces and committees in the first place,” he questioned.
“To me, it’s a slap on the face of the committees and the hardworking officials who have participated tirelessly to get the reports prepared on time,” he said.
Wanealafa further alleged that the composition of the task-force and the committees are pro-China to start with and are given fixed terms of references that warranted the switch.
By IAN M. KAUKUI