AusAID funded Anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International’s PNG Chapter is still undecided as to whether it will join the March to Parliament tomorrow. TIPNG receives funding under AUSAIDs so called Democratic Governance Program which as we now see is just a whole lot of hot air.
Yesterday in response to statements put out by the March organizers, TIPNG Chairman Lawrence Stephen stated:
“For the record TIPNG is part of a huge number of organisations objecting to attempts to defer the elections. We are taking action. We have not been invited to be part of a public demonstration.”
In any case the protest organizers will go ahead without this bourgeoisie club. A meeting is being organized today at 12 PM at the Papua New Guinea Trade Union Congress office in Korobosea. There, a joint press conference hosted by the PNGTUC, its presidents, the UPNG SRC, NGOs, Intending candidates, Social Media Partners, Youths and others will be held.
Meanwhile, UPNG student activist Nou Vada has criticized Prime Minister Peter O’Neil for calling tomorrow’s march illegal. In a rallying call to all parties involved in tomorrow’s protest he stated:
“O'Neill has said whatever marches on Tuesday will be illegal... We need to either listen to the lawbreaker's pronouncement of law and obey or act in what is purportedly civil disobedience, as the students did a few weeks back, and negotiate our way through the blockades and the cocked weapons. Pick a course of action now. The time for action plans has come to an end. Pick a course of action now”
Mr. Vada also called on all Civil Society Organizations and the General Public to support the students of UPNG who will be Marching tomorrow.