DSIP Support Grant belongs to the people, not only the opposition MPs

By BELDEN NAMAH, MP
Leader of Opposition

Minister for Finance Hon. James Marape stated in a letter to the Opposition Leader regarding the delay in payment of DSIP funds, stating that the delay in the funding was due to cash flow and tight management of the deficit budget, and that, he was acting within the powers conferred to under Section 3 of the Public Finance Management Act.

Minister Marape said this in response to a letter by the Opposition Leader wherein the Minister was asked to pay all Opposition Members their Electorates’ DSIP Funds. The Opposition Leader was concerned that Government MPs have all received K3 Million each to date, whereas Opposition MPs have received nothing or less than K3 Million.

The Minister claimed that the actions were in no way intended to penalise the Members of the Opposition. He stressed that by the year’s end, all MPs will have received K10 Million each for their respective Electorates.

The Opposition Leader in response said that the Minister must be honest, own up and be fair to all electorates, whether the MP representing which ever electorate was in Government or the Opposition. Mr Marape cannot hide the fact that he has been discriminatory and unfair in the distribution of the funds.

“My people of Vanimo Green are yet to receive their funds. To date, not even a single toea has been paid to the Vanimo Green District DSIP Trust Account from the K10 Million entitlement, and yet we are already in the middle of 2013.

The huge discrepancy between the amounts received by government MPs as opposed to what their colleagues in the Opposition have received clearly highlights our claim that it is a ploy by the government to lure Opposition MPs over to the government side.

Papua New Guineans in the seven electorates - 6 Open Electorates and 1 Provincial Electorate are unfairly deprived of development and progress. It is simply illegal and unconstitutional. Discrimination is illegal and not permitted by law. It is also contrary to the Fourth Goal of the National Constitution which calls for Fair and Equitable distribution of the national wealth.

This dirty politics must cease immediately.

The people of Vanimo-Green, Wau-Bulolo, Kundiawa-Gembogl, Rabaul, Huon Gulf, North Bougainville and Madang Province must be given the balance of their DSIP Funds so they too are at par with electorates represented by MPs in Government.