President of Leaders Party makes statement re dismissal

SINCE launching the Leaders Party of Vanuatu prior to the last general election, party president and former Minister for Public Utilities and Infrastructure Jotham Napat says he has been committed to the party’s promise of strength, integrity and leadership and has been a loyal servant of the Salwai Government.

This afternoon Mr Napat was advised that the Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman had terminated him and former Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Matai Seremaiah, as ministers.

He said no reason was given for their terminations.

“We became aware via social media posts some of our coalition colleagues had become threatened by our party’s support in Vanuatu,” he said.

“We were elected to represent our constituents and have done so with integrity.

“We are deeply saddened some of our colleagues have put their own interests ahead of the people of Vanuatu. This is not something the Leaders Party of Vanuatu condones.”

Mr Napat said he had spoken personally with the Prime Minister who told him both he and former minister Mr Seremaiah were the two best performing ministers in government.

“We are proud of our achievements as a party, representing our constituents and as members of the Salwai government,” he said.

“We have delivered many projects and policies that have seen growth throughout Vanuatu. We will continue to serve the people of Vanuatu and hope our colleagues in government will share our vision of putting the people first rather than their own self-interest.”