This conversation was at a public work meeting on Friday, which was taken out of context and completely misconstrued, to discredit me during this time of politicking.
I am not here to deny like many politicians deny on many matters of public interest. And it was not on my Lord’s Sabbath but Friday during official work hours. On Sabbath, I excused my MPs, and attended church at Vadavada.
As Prime Minister, I am not here to compromise good governance and work outside of budgets. When I was asked at the public gathering on what I will do in the next few weeks, I said Government programmes will function as usual.
This includes rolling out 2020 budgeted items to outstanding State contractors, liabilities, and ensuring districts and provincial programmes are funded, passing the balance of K100 million for SME fundings to National Development Bank, paying out public service salaries and etc.
We have raised enough funds as forecasted in 2020 Budget to retire the 2020 money plan. I am not going to wait around for Parliament to tell me what to do. The executive government will continue to work.
The country is bigger than politicians who wants to be prime minister or ministers for their own interests. National Executive Government must function, meaning that we will implement Government programmes.
I want to assure the Nation that we will not break laws in the dispensation of our duties including usage of public funds.
My record over the last 18 months is there for the public. I have never broken any laws including Public Finance Management Act. I don’t entertain corruption and bribery under me we passed ICAC.
Finally, let me assure Papua New Guinea, I will still be Prime Minister into December 2020. Mark my word.