Vanua’aku Pati (VP)’s only Member of Parliament (MP) who held a Parliamentary Secretary (PS) position, Johnny Koanapo has tendered his resignation as PS to the Prime Minister (PM) yesterday.
“I am confirming to you that as of today, Friday 24th of May 2019 (yesterday) MP Koanapo, MP for Tanna, has resigned as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister,” VP veteran supporter and former National Coordinator, Avio Roberts told Buzz 96FM and Daily Post.
Mr. Roberts applauded MP Koanapo’s decision, saying it maintains both his integrity and that of the party, following the recent ruling of the Chief Justice in the case between the Head of State and Speaker of Parliament which declared the PS Bill unconstitutional.
“MP Koanapo’s action is a very good gesture which demonstrates the fundamental values that Vanua’aku Pati always believes in — being transparent and accountable,” he said.
Mr. Roberts affirmed that MP Koanapo was the only VP MP who held a PS position.
He added that following the outcome of the judgment, he believes other MPs from VP would be reluctant to take up this PS position.
Meanwhile, the former VP National Coordinator has dismissed rumours that VP is currently lobbying with the Opposition to change the current government.
“We are part of this government and the party will stand with Mr. Salwai until his mandate comes to an end in 2020,” he said.
MP Koanapo’s performance as the PS to the Prime minister is well known, something even the Opposition complimented in parliament during the intense debate before the vote to formalise the role of the Parliamentary Secretary in the Constitution.
It is understood that MP Koanapo has also delegated his responsibilities as Chairman of the Vanuatu Project Management Unit Steering Committee and Chairman of the National Recovery Committee.