Monday, December 19, 2011

O’Neill supporters converge in thousands to stage rally in Chimbu

Source: The National, Monday 19th December 2011
By ZACHERY PER
HUNDREDS of people in Chimbu rallied in support of Peter O’Neill remaining prime minister.
They gathered in Kundiawa town in a public rally initiated by outspoken young leader Jack Upa to publicly show support for O’Neill.
Upa said the people of the six districts of Chimbu province backed O’Neill to take the country into the election next year. “We will wait patiently to see the O’Neill-Namah government reign,” he said. He said despite the court decision, “we will resort to use people’s power if the minority Somare faction insists on taking the Prime Minister’s chair”.
Upa, who led a similar public rally in Goroka early last week, was pleased to see people of all walks of life, including a good number of women, expressing their support for the O’Neill-Namah government.
Notable speaker Kagl Herman from Mingende, in Kerowagi district, said Sir Michael Somare must give a chance to O’Neill because he was a vibrant, young leader.
“We want a right prime minister to distribute the earnings from the wealth of the country to the people,” he said. “We are fed up with the Somare regime, we had enough; enough is enough,” Herman said. He said earnings from Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project and all other revenue for the country must be distributed among the people.
Herman said the O’Neill-Namah government had demonstrated this by putting out a 2012 national budget that targeted the poor.
“We have seen the O’Neill team prove to be a reliable government,” Herman said.

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