4 Apr 2006

PNG leader calls cabinet reshuffle minor and promises more to come

6:42 pm on 4 April 2006

The office of Papua New Guinea prime minister says yesterday's cabinet reshuffle was minor.

A spokesperson Rodney Kamas says Sir Michael Somare found the move necessary after the housing minister Atimeng Buhupe was dumped.

The former justice minister Mark Maipakai now heads housing, with Bire Kimisopa now at justice and Alphonse Moroi taking over as police minister.

Bart Philemon has retained treasury, but his finance portfolio has been given to the forest minister, Patrick Pruaitch, who is also the acting National Planning and Monitoring minister with Arthur Somare facing misconduct allegations.

Sir Peter Barter has retained Bougainville affairs and adds health to his portfolio lineup, while Melchoir Pep takes over as minister of intergovernment relations.

Mr Kamas says Sir Michael has warned a bigger cabinet reshuffle is pending..

"The PM said that it's just a small reshuffle because like there's like certain areas where he sees people are not performing well so he's just rotating them around. Mainly its to do with like some things aren't done how the PM wants so he's just rotating them."

Rodney Kamas.