By Bryan Kramer
Following Sir Mekere Morauta’s press statement yesterday indicating he may contest 2017 elections Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s media chief Chris Hawkins was quick to release a response using Governor of National Capital District Powes Parkop as his mouth piece.
Hawkins manages O’Neill from behind the scenes and is renowned for printing misleading statements and political spin.
I have been reliably informed no senior Minister of O’Neill Government is authorized to issue a press statement without first being vetted by Hawkins. You will find him at Airways Hotel Bacchus Bar where he hands off media statements and in regular discussion with Post Courier’s Managing Director.
The language used and speed in which the recent press statements purportedly released by Powes Parkop and full paid advert by Police Association of PNG indicates it has Hawkins fingerprints all over it.
In PNG politics nothing is ever what it seems when people behind the scenes are pulling the strings of PNG politicians.