Posts Tagged ‘Ralph Regenvanu’

Leadership by Example?

Leadership by Example

I imagine that the people of Vanuatu would like to hear from the Hon. PM Moana Carcasses and/or MP Ralph Regenvanu on the issue concerning the apparent after-hours purchase of alcohol by the PM.

On the surface, it appears that the Hon. PM is following in the footsteps of his predecessors in showing a lack of respect for the law and for the people of Vanuatu generally, if these allegations are true.

This alleged action is NOT what we have come to expect by way of exemplary behaviour from the present government and if true, is disappointing to say the least.

If the allegation is true, then perhaps the PM should look to making an immediate public apology and seek forgiveness from his masters (the people of Vanuatu) for his error of judgement.

“Leadership by Example” in the right manner is what we expect to see from our Parliamentary and Civil service leaders – nothing less than that will suffice!


Vanuatu GovernmentWe in Vanuatu now have a new Government and here’s the line-up, straight from the new Minister of Lands, the Hon. MP Ralph Regenvanu (thanks Ralph [RR] for keeping us informed, especially on Facebook and on your website)……….

1. Prime Minister : Moana Carcasses Kalosil
2. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade : Nipake Edward Natapei
3. Finance and Economic Management : Willy Jimmy
4. Education : Bob Loughman
5. Lands, Geology, Mines, Energy and Water Resources : Ralph Regenvanu
6. Infrastructure and Public Utilities : Esmon Sae
7. Internal Affairs : Patrick Crowby Manarewo
8. Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity : David Tosul
9. Tourism and Commerce : Marcelino Pipite
10. Health : Serge Vohor
11. Justice And Social Welfare : Maki Simelum
12. Youth Development, Training and Sports : Tony Wright
13. Planning and Climate Change Adaptation : Thomas Laken

* Ministry of Ni-Vanuatu Business Development and Ministry of Trade have been merged into a new Ministry of Tourism And Commerce
* Ministry of Youth Development, Training and Sports has been re-instated and the Ministry of Civil Aviation removed
* A new Ministry of Planning and Climate Change Adaptation has been created.

Additionally, the new Government has released its “100-Day Plan”, initially via the “Independent” newspaper. At some later time, I shall comment further on this “Plan”.

The Watcher(W)Nevertheless, have no doubt about my personal commitment and continued hard-line on corruption within the political and public sectors. Same goes for YACV and the VACC (Vanuatu Anti-Corruption Commission) of which I am part.

Personally, I intend to scrutinise the actions and deeds of the new government even more diligently. Why? Simply because perhaps for the first time since the early days of post-independence politics, the people of Vanuatu have a shared sense and vision of hope for the future – theirs and Vanuatu’s as a whole.

So, to all the new MP’s – DON’T MESS UP! We are relying on you to do the “right” thing – by us and by the nation.


Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

I refer to Godwin Ligo’s article in the Daily Post on 12th January, entitled “Political sponsorship of students discouraging: Garae”

The type of thinking held by Mr. Garae in itself is “discouraging”. His statement – “…it would be better if political parties and MPs allocation is spent on a technical or agricultural studies for failed students so that they can become more productive…..” is an insult to intelligence itself.

Can you imagine what it would be like if we prioritized the so-called financial “needs” of the lazy, uneducated, morals-deficit people over those of the intelligent, the achievers, the educated and those with “the right stuff”?

WHOOPS! I guess we already are, at least judging by the recent performance of some elected officials and their public service “toadies”.

Mr. Garae, I respectfully suggest, assuming an ability to read on his part, should embark on a self-education course, quickly. Some light reading akin to “The Communist Manifesto” (basically espouses the Mr. Garae-type thinking) would be a good start followed by Ayn Rand’s 12-years-in-the-writing “Atlas Shrugged”, a philosophy more akin to the modern-day hopes and aspirations of the citizens of a young nation such as Vanuatu and states thus: “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”