Eight reasons why ‘the PM should go’

THE Opposition’s Motion of No Confidence against Prime Minister Charlot Salwai claims there are eight reasons why the PM should be terminated.

Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai.
Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai.

The Speaker Esmon Saimon said that the motion is in order and has been registered and it will be debated in Parliament at 4pm on Tuesday, June 19.

It had nine signatures, including that of the Opposition Leader MP Ishmael Kalsakau and former Prime Minister Sato Kilman.

In the motion, the Opposition has accused the government of allegedly introducing amendments to the Constitution that have been badly considered without any prior consultations with the people.

The next issue is the possibility of an income tax which it says has the potential to impoverish a percentage of the people.

The PM is also criticised for signing PACER Plus without allowing for the weak state of Vanuatu industry, which could reduce Vanuatu to further poverty.

The opposition also listed the PM’s interference with the independent operation of the Telecommunications and Radio Communications Regulator (TRR) by attempting to suspend her twice, as well as allegedly violating the Leadership Code in his attempts to suspend the TRR.

The Opposition has repeated its frequent objection that the PM was ‘harbouring’ the former Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman after he was convicted by the Supreme Court.

They accused Mr Salwai of allegedly interfering in the operations of Air Vanuatu through his instructions that the airline to employ a young pilot from his home island of Pentecost, who is reportedly not fully qualified as a pilot.

The last claim is that Mr Salwai interfering in the operations of the SHEFA Provincial Government Council, through his instruction for the Shefa provincial maintenance officer to be relocated to Pentecost to oversee a bungalow project being carried out by the Chinese Group and that his allowances be paid by the SHEFA Provincial Council.