PRESS RELEASE : ORO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR.


 PRESS RELEASE : ORO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT  OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR.

GOVERNOR ORO TELLS GOVERNMENT “PROTECT LAND!”

Governor for Oro Gary Juffa has raised serious concern about land grabbing in Papua New Guinea and has urged the National Government to seriously consider an overhaul of the Lands Department. The Governor who is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee stated that at recent PAC hearing into the Lands Department he was astounded but not surprised to learn that the Lands Department has no enforcement capacity and has no mechanism in place to prevent the theft of land, prosecution or recovery of land whether traditional or government owned. He was also very concerned that the Department did not have an electronic register or asset management capacity to monitor land usage. He did acknowledge the work being undertaken but stated that it was too slow and in usual bureaucratic fashion was taking too long.

“The Lands Department must be restructured, adequately resourced and run effectively to protect PNG interests now! While current efforts taken by the new management are commendable, it needs greater support. Land grabbing is a problem faced by indigenous people the world over. Millions of people throughout the developing nations of the world are being displaced by corporate might working with governments who are hell bent on developing natural resources with little thought to the plight of people, the environment and the future. Papua New Guinea is experiencing this and more so in recent times with giant corporate entities and aggressive companies working pursuing alienation of Papua New Guineans from their land to access resources. Just look at the Solwara 1 Project where an American Anthropologist is telling the people of New Ireland that they have no right to their own land. What right does he have to come here and tell us this? How would he know and why is the Government allowing this? I am concerned that the Government agencies that are there to protect the interests of the people are instead facilitating these actions without consideration of the peoples rights.”

The Governor who placed a moratorium on all land deals in Oro Province until he has established a Provincial Lands Board and a Provincial audit of all land available for commercial use in Oro. The Governor has commended the Lands Minister for taking steps to overhaul the Lands Department and decentralize many of the functions to the Provinces and said that it was a step in the right direction. The Governor has also refused to allow any logging in the province or any resource extraction projects until an entity has been created to review, monitor all land deals and ensure Oro Province and PNG interests are protected. The Oro Provincial Government is also in the final stages of establishing a Business arm for the Oro Province to represent landowners and the Province in all business activities.

“I aim to make my people actively participating developers and not silent marginalized royalty collectors. The days of watching our resources be shipped out and accept whatever scraps have been thrown at us is over. The riches of our land must benefit us. We also have a responsibility to protect our land and this includes the flora and fauna. We have to develop our resources in a sustainable manner. Some of which we must leave for future generations. We have to be responsible now otherwise we will be displaced, marginalized and alienated from the only true security we own – land” stated a very concerned Governor for Oro Gary Juffa.

Oro Province has finalized its MOA for signing with the Lands Department to decentralize some of the functions back to the Province and establish its Provincial Lands Board and Lands and Physical Planning Board.

Released with the approval of the Oro Governor
Contact juffa@theeducatedsavage.com
Or First Secretary on 71876521

GOILALA MP MONA DEFENDS HIS ACTIONS – By Gabriel Bego


GOILALA MP MONA DEFENDS HIS ACTIONS - By Gabriel Bego

Member for Goilala Daniel Mona has defended his action to swear in three Local Level Government Presidents and Councillors in his District saying, this was to help polling officials and security personnel deployed there.

Mr. Mona says, this was done upon advise from Electoral Officials and through the Central Provincial Assembly, witnessed by the Clerk.

He said this, in response to Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen’s halting of all swearing-in ceremonies of newly-elected L-L-G Presidents and Ward Councillors, until after the Return of Writs.

Mr. Trawen described the Goilala M-P’s action as illegal and urged him to rescind it.

He further urged all Presidents-elect and Ward Members not to hijack the electoral process, without first consulting his office or the Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs department, on the correct way of conducting swearing-in ceremonies.

However, Mr. Mona is disputing the Electoral Commissioner’s charge stating, he has failed to ensure the L-L-G elections were conducted smoothly.

“The Electoral Commission did not come and provide any support. You dumped people in rural areas, you didn’t provide any logistics support, you expected them to eat grass while you sit in your aircon office here, pretend that you’re running the show, but in fact, you failed the people in Goilala. And for me, I will not take this, I’ve made my obligation as the elected leader of Goilala people. People have waited for weeks and months, policemen have complained, polling officials have complained, they even decided to hijack return of writs. I have to go in and I have to quickly make sure a declarations were done, and so we followed normal procedures.”

LACK OF DEVELOPMENT. Whose FAULT is IT?


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Most of the time, lack of development, progress and change are blamed on the politicians with Governments Public servant machinery in place and then the corrupt systematic and systemic networks/syndicates that exists within the public service system.

But when we look at it closely enough, some of the finger points should squarely fall back on the customary chives [aka thieves] and the villager elders, councilors, leaders and those who are supposed to ensure these amenities are taken care of and looked after.

There are some crooks who collude with equally corrupt government officials who work in the MPs Office, and government Offices as project officers, to systematically divert funds into personal accounts and siphon those monies and use it for personal gain.

The paper work does states that its for a “Aid Post upgrade/maintenance” but in reality, this funds are used up in clubs, poker machines and hotels down in Pom.

Part of the blame does fall on the MP and District Administration of course. But most of the blame has got to fall squarely on the so called VILLAGE LEADERS.

We can point fingers at the politician all the time. But we got to do some in-house cross checking and cross referencing before we can then point a finger at them.

“It takes two to tango”

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN PNG – By Reginald Renagi


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN PNG - By Reginald Renagi

“Papua New Guinea does not need the death penalty”.

The media recently raised the question of whether Papua New Guinea should implement the death penalty as capital punishment to deter serious crime. This follows a public outcry after a Highlands mother allegedly killed her children whilst in a depressed state of mind. Similar emotional reactions have previously been expressed by citizens whenever instances of brutal murder are committed.

For years, the government having already passed the law on imposing the death penalty on certain serious crimes has yet to execute a convicted criminal. The technical snag as it seems is it has not decided yet what the approved method of execution will be for the criminal.

Why the Death Penalty?

This writer opposes capital punishment in its different forms but let’s see why society should put our worst criminals to death by execution (capital punishment). Capital punishment is lawfully carrying out the death penalty as a punishment. Capital punishment by execution has been used in societies throughout history as a way to punish crime, and or suppress political dissent.

Execution effectively stops a killer from murdering again. There are many cases in which released, paroled, or escaped murderers have gone on to kill again, so by executing them; society ensures murderers do not kill again.

In most countries that practice capital punishment today, the death penalty is reserved as punishment for premeditated murder, espionage, treason, or as part of military justice. Whilst other places carry the death penalty for sexual crimes, such as rape, adultery, incest and sodomy; including drug and human trafficking and serious cases of corruption, which carry the death penalty by execution (e.g. China).

Capital punishment may make us feel that dead criminals are no longer a threat to society, as they cannot commit any further crimes, either within prison or after escaping; or upon being released. Some people often defend capital punishment saying that society has a moral obligation to protect the safety of its citizens.

Moreover, capital punishment will bring about the greatest balance of good over evil. Thus, killing our worst criminals will benefit society because it may deter violent crime, although it is difficult to produce direct evidence to support this claim. Society may further assume that those who are deterred by the death penalty do not commit murders.

Capital punishment is also a form of “retribution”. Execution is an ultimate form of punishment than rehabilitative treatment, and is less costly. The criminal is made to suffer in proportion to the offence (or so we think). This writer disagrees with any form of retribution, but many people will still see it as an acceptable reason for the death penalty according to certain studies in more recent times.

Another strong argument used in favour of capital punishment is ‘deterrence’. The question whether the death penalty deters is hard to prove one way or the other. This is because the number of people actually executed each year (as compared to those sentenced to death) is usually a very small proportion in certain countries that carries out death penalties. To further qualify this, if one studies those countries which almost always carry out death sentences, there is far less serious crime (eg Singapore).

This tends to indicate that the death penalty is a deterrent, but only where execution is a virtual certainty. This does convince me that the death penalty is much more likely to be a deterrent where the crime requires planning, and the potential criminal has time to think about the possible consequences. Where the crime is committed in the heat of the moment there is no likelihood that any punishment will act as a deterrent.

Death Penalty is not a Deterrent

The death penalty is not a deterrent as proven by studies based upon certain US states prove. In some countries, innocent people have been executed and there is no possible way to compensate them for any miscarriage of justice. Another significant but much less-realised danger here is the person convicted of the murder may have actually killed the victim and may even admit having done so, but does not agree that the killing was murder.

Another reason often overlooked is the pain, the innocent family and friends of criminals must go through in the time leading up to and during the execution. Waiting on death row will often cause them serious trauma for years afterwards.

However strongly one may support capital punishment, two wrongs do not make one right. One cannot and should not deny the suffering of the victim’s family in a murder case but the suffering of the murderer’s family is surely valid too. There must always be the concern that the state can administer the death penalty justly. Most countries have a very poor record on this.

Like ordinary people, even criminals are real people too who have the capacity to feel pain, fear and the loss of their loved ones, and all the other emotions that the rest of us are capable of feeling. It is easier to put this thought on one side when discussing the most awful multiple murderers but less so when discussing, say, an 18 year old girl convicted of drug trafficking.

So if PNG MPs are still undecided all these years, then they should consider this: fourteen years ago, Singapore hanged two girls for this crime who were both only 18 at the time of their offences, and China shot an 18 year old girl for the same offence in 1998.

There is no such thing as a humane method of putting a person to death irrespective of what the state may claim. Every form of execution causes the prisoner suffering; some methods perhaps cause less than others. There may be a brutalising effect upon society by carrying out executions.

I believe it is wrong for the government to kill in order to teach people not to kill. In fact it probably promotes more murder than prevents, because it is telling society that it is alright. It is proven failure elsewhere because we have more murders and violence today than before the death penalty was reinstated back in some countries.

We also have more murders and violence in countries without capital punishment. Far from deterring murder, the continued existence of the death penalty makes people also believe the government is not doing anything at all about crime in general. Countries have been killing murderers for years and years but the murders still continue. This only proves that we cannot stop killing with more killing.

Conclusion

If the general conclusion is that capital punishment is desirable, then the first step toward restoration is for our government to present a fully thought out set of proposals that can be put to the people in a referendum. Here it must state precisely what offences should carry the death penalty, how it should be carried out, who will carry it out and what effect on crime is expected to follow from its introduction.

If such a referendum produced a clear yes vote, the government would have a genuine mandate to proceed upon and could claim the support of our people. After this, we should have another referendum 5 years later so that the effects of capital punishments in PNG can be reviewed and voted on again.

A national referendum has the advantage of involving the public in the decision making process and raising awareness through the media all issues involved, and the arguments for and against any proposed changes.

Finally, I am also of the view that public opinion should not determine justice. Justice is not supposed to be up to public opinion. On a matter that is so centrally about justice, public opinion should play a minimal role.

National hysteria can lead to unjust convictions and execution. In the US, the famous case of the Rosenburgs should remind us all that capital punishment must never be carried out in response to national hysteria.

PNG must not ever allow public opinion as it is a dangerous approach to capital punishment. A corrupt unpopular government trying to get public support could easily succumb to undue pressure and may execute an innocent person as has happened in some countries.

In the final analysis, we have just three clear choices:

• Not to have the death penalty and continue to accept other serious crimes;
• Carry out punishment only for just the worst criminals as retribution to punish criminals for their terrible crimes; and
• The death penalty may be a deterrence to see a corresponding drop in serious crimes.

The government must study the results of a national referendum and ensure PNG has a just legal system to deter and reduce future levels of crime, whilst at the same time protect its citizens, society and state from dangerous criminals.

Source: An original reprint from the PNG ATTITUDE (Keith Jackson’s International Blog), Malum Nalu Blog, Post Courier, Weekend Courier, The National and Sunday Chronicle.

Reginald Renagi is a former Security Practitioner, Strategic Advisor, a Media Consultant with FM100 and Co-Host on the FM100 ‘Talk Back’ program; and a freelance writer in his spare time (and Creator/Administrator on several Facebook Forums).

FOR SALE: RICH CUSTOMARY LAND SOLD – By Gary JUFFA


FOR SALE: RICH CUSTOMARY LAND SOLD - By Gary JUFFA

The Papua New Guinea media erratically spews out news products about land grabbing throughout this developing nation. It is an important matter but fights for space between the reports of violence and mayhem of petty crimes and paid for reports by politicians about the developing nation and how well the people must be doing and are so happy…Its people of 7 million plus who once owned 97% of the land are now being displaced from their land by various means, some cleverly structured scams and others just the plain brutal oppression expressed by those in power, inevitably those with money or access to it, directly or indirectly.

Substantial portions of Government land are already carved out and allocated to entities willing to pay the right price in a land stealing frenzy that initially started as covert clever well hidden schemes and have now just become “hand in the till” type efforts. Traditional land is also about to follow that trend. No longer are tribes in control but individuals who can exploit the ignorance of people or who access brutal power and who know of and exploit the weakness of or negligence or corruptibility of the State organs that have become mercenary like in their aggressive processing of fraudulent claims.

Increasing hostility throughout Papua New Guinea glows red hot as ambers in these dark and oppressive times. Initially the people are taken advantage of and are confused and shocked, turning to their Government but increasing instances of being sold out, being ignored by the very Government they elected will soon make them realize that to survive, they must take affirmative action and violence must be a reality they will have to consider and succumb to.

The increasing hoard of children who now throng the Port Moresby CBD seeking for handouts and forsaking free education are signals of times ahead for many of these tribes. For the first time, a generation of Papua New Guineans will no longer be able to have any tribal land to claim, even by indirect association as they did from settlements that sprouted up throughout PNG as many flocked to urban centers to access Government services increasingly unavailable in their tribal homes. They are seen sleeping on streets, not even able to find space in the numerous ghettoes that are themselves a shocking counter to the claims of prosperity preached by not a few politicians.

Tribes throughout Papua New Guinea will confront the bitter confrontation over land. Weaker tribes will succumb and disintegrate into families and those into nuclear units and those into individuals and those with no culture but survival. Stronger tribes will try to resist. And they may succeed. They become irrelevant if they do not.

History is filled with people who tried to quietly discuss and considerately mediate. They no longer are around many of these people. They are only read about in and pitied in books, documentaries and re-enactments.

The preview of this already experienced in Bougainville.

Interestingly, this autonomous province is soon to experience greater tension as they are confronted by those who see profit in PANGUNA and surrounding hills – despite the death of 20,000 people, many of them Bougainvillean. The people of Bougainville no longer have Francis ONA who climbed out of Bougainville Copper Limited Truck Number 36 grabbed a gun and fought for them and their land and never gave up until he too was removed from the equation by ingenious methods that most people were convinced to believe was death by malaria but was actually assassination. Sporadic outbursts of anger from tribes in resource rich provinces are fast brought under control with bags of money and clever promises, in efforts bringing corporate might and Government will together. Nothing has really jerked successive PNG governments awake to see the gloomy reality that looms ahead, a reality that threatens to disintegrate this land of 1000 tribes into a collection of autonomous provinces, semi criminal warlords and fierce rival ethnic rivalries.

The media reports continue to flow, giving accounts of instances of land grabbing, land theft and marginalization. The latest being the people of New Ireland who are now experiencing the harsh reality of decisions made by those they elected fantasizing that their rights and future would be protected but instead have turned on them and sold them for virtually nothing. Solwara 1, the first ever seabed mining project in the world, piloted here because the laws do not exist to prevent it nor does the State sufficiently care for its people, many of whom have succumbed to this terrible atrocity and have been convinced that the lack of any compensation they will receive because it is “not their land” is fine. In fact, research will reveal no real tangible economic benefits for the people, the province, the country and the world.

If one listens carefully above the roar that is the proclamation of politicians of an economy doing well, robust growth and all such great economic terms that make the elitist rich ruling classes squirm with joyful anticipation, one can hear a few who stand up and shout indignantly at the terrible events unfolding and rebuke those in power…but they are singular voices, too small, too insignificant it seems and the people, stirred somewhat but not sufficiently enough to rise up unless to move off the land they once owned and watch in despair and silent misery, cannot muster the necessary courage and energy to prevent their very own marginalization.

Yes, their voices cannot be heard above the chest beating and constant backslapping and applause of these leaders who boast of sustained economic growth and forecast bright financial future…not for the people of course…but crumbs for friends, cronies and the real meat, for those who truly control the purse strings, the minions of Corporatedom…that now rule the world, from no fixed location but operating where it is convenient, where they can control and do as they must because they can, with impunity…

It seems that the fate of this entire nation is to be sold – packaged and prepared by many of those elected originally to protect and promote…

So if even in the ghettos of one’s country if one is homeless, where does one go? A barefoot question, an empty stomach query, a teary faced ask behind the realm of the grimy begging bowl of reality facing Papua New Guinea…

Political Survival and Uncertainty promotes 5 Year Syndrome – GOILALA DISTRICT


Political Survival and Uncertainty promotes 5 Year Syndrome  - GOILALA DISTRICT

Every time an individual is voted into power, during a National Election, this individual comes in with a lot of ideas and thoughts and plans.

And rather than carrying on from where the previous MP has left off, this individual with a bunch of handpicked so called Electoral Officers and advisors go about trying to solve all the problems of the District in a space of 5 years using these raw ideas and plans.

Which obviously does not materialize because time is one critical factor that is scarce and very limited to even waste a day?

The best and practical approach would be to have a master plan for the District – more like an offspring of PNG Vision 2050 – and customize it to suit the District and its immediate (short terms) needs and the long terms goals.

In this Action Plan, goals needs to be prioritize to ensure the very necessary action items gets funding and resources allocated to it to ensure these are attended to and marked off (closed) as complete.

If time runs out and you do not get re-elected back, then this plan is there for the next incoming MP will have outstanding action items implemented.

This particular plan should have a condition that no one is to amend or change it using political powers or some other means without the consent of the people of the District. Obviously as time goes by, these Plans will be edited and amended to accommodate the needs of changing times. But all in all, these should be a guiding road map for the district in a long time to come.

As it is now, every time an MP is elected in, he goes about trying to implement his own agenda, which is more politically driven than anything else. And 9 out of 10 attempts, this results in total failure and chaos.

Planning and implementing development plans for a District takes more than 5 years. But it seems our PNG Politicians are so skillful and brilliant in their management skills, which they squeeze in a wide range of items and issues in the space of 5 years.

And obviously such rushed jobs are short lived and very much corruption ridden. And most of the time such results in the people and the place becoming victims of this clowns short sightedness.

LAW & ORDER BREAK DOWN – GOILALA DISTRICT


LAW & ORDER BREAK DOWN  - GOILALA DISTRICT

Since the dawn of Independence back in the mid 1970s, Law and Order throughout the District of Goilala was vibrant and active.

Law and order was maintained and its presence was felt through to the small villager down in his piggery farm.
Then come alone the reforms which were published as the remedy to our problems. Which problems? Only the District Planners knows what the problems were.

Right now, police presence throughout the district is nonexistent. Woitape and Guari hardly have any police presence. If they do, then they are just reserve seasonal home scholars who have no understanding of the laws of the nation. They use common sense and reasoning to pass judgment where necessary.

Tapini seem to have some auxiliary police presence but again these are just reserve police. The police station in Tapini if am wrong, does not have a police vehicle.
Our village court systems are also malfunctioning too. The peace officers from the colonial era are struggling to deal with drug issues at their local communities. And the help and support they rightfully deserve to help enforce law and order is never fort coming.

Allowances for both reserve police personnel and village court officials which include the magistrates and their peace officers most of the time do not receive theirs. We have stories to reflect upon where by peace officers and village court officials had their allowances picked up at Kone by con artists who claim to be their relatives. This is been facilitated by crook and corrupt officers who handle these payments at Kone, which is a sad truth that has been ongoing for who knows how many years.

Due to this breakdown of command and lack of police presence and inactive court systems throughout Goilala District, this has directly resulted in law and order problems breaking out of hand since 1990s.

Thugs and criminals are now seen roaming the whole district with high powered fire power, robbing and rapping anything in their path. Lives have been taken by these thugs and no one is doing anything about it. Drug addicts are now seen everywhere. Marijuana plans are freely grown in the back yards of people and it is seen as an appetizer and a socially accepted item in the open.

No one cares less about such because no one is scared of no one. Law and order is at all time high. Yet our leaders are putting on a brave face and taking things as if nothing is wrong.
There were instances where people took the law into their own hands and serve jungle justice to these thugs and criminals but such practice is unhealthy because retaliation by thugs on these local communities is bound to happen without a doubt.

We dearly need the presence of Law and Order enforcers’ throughout Goilala. We need to have police command posts in Woitape and Guari. We need to have Tapini police station equipped with vehicles and two way radios which can be connected with their colleagues at Woitape and Guari. We need to ensure telephone communication is also available to these police at Tapini station. These police personal housing and wages issues has to be look into too, to attract more committed men and women to serve the people.

Currently, we are fighting for our own survival. And as such, it’s a time bomb which can go off anytime.