Pangu Pati leader, Sam Basil

One of the parties that led the country to independence   in 1975 is  undergoing  a revival.

            On the weekend, Pangu Pati held its first  meeting to appoint new executives   since Bulolo MP, Sam Basil took over the reins as party leader.
The Pangu  Pati leadership  wanted the revival to be symbolic. 
The gathering was held in  Muniau villge  in the Bunag area of the Morobe province.  It was where party founders including Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare   established   the party  in the 1970s.
Two weeks ago, Sam Basil announced his move to the Pangi  Pati.  While the general consensus amongst his people is that  he will become  prime minister  when the next government is formed,  Sam Basil,  says it would be unwise to discuss the PM’s post now.
“I don’t think I can announce  that I want to be prime minister,” He said. “If the people want  us to take government we will.  But first we have to show what we can do for them.”
Basil has   enjoyed strong public support  particularly  during the second term in office.  In the 2012 elections be won with an absolute majority using  the Limited preferential voting system.
Much of his  political success has been due to simple  programs aimed at benefiting  large  populations of villagers.   In the Buang, Bulolo and Watut areas of  the Bulolo electorate,   large  amounts of funding are being put to build communications and rural  electricity grids.
Those projects are in turn producing new business ventures  owned and operated by  the people.
Despite the slow release of district funds and ongoing disagreements between the Finance Minister, James Marape  and Sam Basil,  district programs have survived because of   good understanding between the  Bulolo district and contractors tasked to build  various infrastructure.
Next week,  Pangu  Pati offices in Lae and Port Moresby will be  hives of activity.   Basil will be making a personal appeal for Public  funding support.   He  aims to raise up to nine million and  he will be asking  for one kina contributions  from every  citizen of Papua New Guinea.  
He wants the party to be owned and funded  by ordinary  Papua New Guineans and for Pangu politicians to be held accountable by  the people.
It is an ambitious strategy  could turn out to be an embarrassing failure or  a smashing people driven success.


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