Sunday, October 9, 2011

Kaiwi: Polye is not NA leader

Source: The National - Friday 07th October, 2011

DON Polye is not the leader of National Alliance Party, party president Simon Kaiwi said yesterday.
Kaiwi claimed a report in this newspaper yesterday referring to a court ruling by Justice Royale Thompson that Polye was the party leader, was incorrect.
Kaiwi said Polye was expelled from the party on Sept 7, and an internal party process to expel him and 19 other members of parliament was still being processed.
“Once a leader is expelled from the party he does not have the right to go out and claim leadership.
“There is no vacancy. Sir Michael Somare is still the party leader,” Kaiwi said.
Responding to the report yesterday in The National, Kaiwi said the court order granted by Thompson in the national court did not make a decision to confirm Polye as the leader of the NA party.
“What has been reported is incorrect.” Kaiwi said.
The court order sought by Polye named as defendants Kaiwi, Stephen Pokawin, Joyce Grant and Thoms Bullen in their capacity as the national executive committee member of the NA party.
Thompson had ordered that the defendants were restrained from making any decisions, or implementing a decision already made to suspend or expel Polye, the parliamentary leader of the party, made at any meeting conducted by the defendants pursuant to the notice contained in the dependent’s letter to the plaintiff on Sept 7 pending the inter-parte hearing.
The matter will return to court on Oct 12 for the inter-parte hearing.
The court orders came after Polye was served a notice on Sept 7 expelling him a member of the NA party for conducts prejudicial to the interest of the party.
Pokawin as general secretary had written to Polye giving grounds for the expulsion that Polye led the group to overthrow his own party from government on Aug 2.
He also pointed out that on Sept 6, Polye endorsed the decision by the Speaker to dismiss Sir Michael who is the parliamentary leader as well as regional member for East Sepik.

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