BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
PREMIER of Central Islands Province (CIP) Hon Patrick Vasuni is reportedly facing a move to topple his government.
Mr Vasuni has relayed to Island Sun having had no knowledge of any attempt against him.
CIP government insiders revealed that several MPAs have admitted to having received phone calls attempting to rally them towards a motion of no confidence against Vasuni in this March’s provincial assembly meeting.
A former government leader of CIP and Ngella Constituency is said to be behind the move.
So far, the motive is unclear.
“MPAs have been receiving phone calls to meet together for the plot as three so far under investigation have confirmed receiving phone calls.
“According to them, they are not interested in doing such move as there are only a few months to go before the next provincial elections,” insiders say.
One MPA, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the province has been run down for quite a long time and such planned move is not good when they are progressing towards developing the province.
“Those outside of the CIP Government should not be involved to stir problems because of political interests. Such only disturbs us from moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Vasuni said he is surprised to learn of such move as the province should only be working together for positive development.
He said members of the Assembly are mature enough as he understands they only wish to complete their term with positive developments for the province rather than causing this downfall.
“I want to assure my good people of CIP and its leaders that we are doing our best to move the province forward despite the negative challenges,” said Vasuni.
“My Executive Government number is still intact as this is my second Executive to lead.”
Vasuni is still reigning with nine MPA’s in his Executive Government side with three on the non-Executive side. The 13th MPA not counted is the late deceased MPA for Ward 7 at North Ngella who was the former Premier as well.
The Provincial Executive Government of CIP is now trying its best to stop such influence that will affect the provincial government leadership.