By Keith Jackson in Noosa
Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape has arisen with fire in his belly today.
A short time ago he issued a short and pugnacious Facebook message to members of Parliament who are plotting to overthrow his government.
The plotters are reportedly led by former prime minister Peter O’Neill and his former deputy Belden Namah.
They claim to have a majority of members who have defected to them, but a parliamentary vote of no confidence cannot be held for another month.
“Produce your numbers on the floor, mate,” a belligerent Marape wrote to chief plotter Belden Namah.
“I am a Huli chief responsible for the small people’s dreams to be rich in their God-given rich land and waters throughout the length and breadth of my country.”
He went on to say that “a Huli doesn’t surrender in a fight, you have to kill me on the battlefield and I will die with dignity.
‘I would rather die in battle’
“I would rather die in battle for the values I stand for than succumbing to the call of a political scumbag.
“And if you do kill me, I can assure you and your cronies, I have kindled a fire in the gut of many of my innocent country-loving first and second term MPs who will carry the fight to take back our country’s resources from the hands of greedy few elites who play this game under the pretext of people’s interest,” Marape said.
“Don’t ask me to resign, come and get it off me in the battlegrounds of Waigani.”
Referring to Namah’s previous hijacking of Parliament, Marape concluded: “You, Belden Namah took it illegally off the father of our nation [Sir Michael Somare] in 2011.
“It will not be as easy this time around.”
Keith Jackson is editor and publisher of PNG Attitude. The Pacific Media Centre republishes his blog items with permission.