By EDDIE OSIFELO
GOVERNOR General Sir David Vunagi has encouraged and reminded ministers of the Crown to discharge their constitutional mandate with integrity and statesmanship.
Delivering his Speech from the Throne in Parliament yesterday, Sir David said “the future of our beloved country depends on your sound judgement and vision in leading our country forward into the future.
“I pray that you will rise to the occasion and deliver on your policies for the good of this country,” he said.
Likewise, GG also encourages the Leader of the Official Opposition as the leader of the alternative government, to exercise the check and balance functions of the Opposition Office in a rigorous but responsible and ethical manner.
Sir David said the Official Opposition plays an important Constitutional role in ensuring that the Government held accountable, transparent and attentive in its decision making and in the discharge of its constitutional mandate in leading and governing our people.
By the same token, GG encourages the Leader of the Independent Group to continue with the good work that done so far in representing a balanced and constructive view on national issues of public interest.
Sir David said the Office of the Leader of the Independent is a Constitutional Office that is independent of both the government and the office of the opposition.
“It is my prayer that you continue to advocate for the national interest by independently discharging the functions of your office without fear or favour whilst ensuring that both the Government and the Official Opposition are held accountable in the discharge of their constitutional mandate.
Furthermore, Sir David encouraged all members of the National Parliament to discharge their constitutional mandate without fear or favour.
He said this is an overwhelming and ethical responsibility that needs sound guidance, ethical leadership and requires a clear vision.
“I trust that you will discharge your duties with due diligence and integrity.”