Analyst Identifies Signs of Weak Government in Papua New Guinea

Political analyst Mr M. Kabuni has recently published an issue paper highlighting the dominance of the executive arm in Papua New Guinea’s parliament, which has become the norm in the country’s politics. The paper focuses on the period between 2012 and 2018 when Peter O’Neill was the Prime Minister, stating that the executive arm’s unchallenged power in parliament has contributed to corruption and a lack of transparency, which undermines the country’s political stability.

Mr Kabuni argues that the weak opposition in PNG’s parliament exacerbates the problem, as MPs are more interested in retaining access to the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) than upholding their role as the opposition. The CDF is the largest in the world, and MPs are swayed to support the government side to access the funds, instead of ensuring checks and balances on the government’s actions.

The issue paper emphasizes the need for stronger opposition in PNG’s parliament to ensure checks and balances on the government’s decision-making process. It also calls for transparency and accountability in the allocation and use of CDF to prevent MPs from being swayed solely for financial gain.

Mr Kabuni stresses that the dominance of the executive in PNG’s parliament undermines the country’s democratic principles and allows corruption to thrive. He calls for significant reform in the country’s political system to ensure transparency, accountability, and checks and balances on the government’s actions.

The issue paper highlights the urgent need for political will from all political players to change the status quo and ensure that the country’s political culture is rooted in democratic principles. Without this, the dominance of the executive in PNG’s parliament will continue to undermine the country’s political stability and economic progress.

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