191216 MASIUS MEET KOIKE
FOLLOWERS of the self-styled Me’ekamui Government will now be able to cast their vote in the 2017 national general elections after almost 20 years in hibernation.
Me’ekamui front man Damien Koike has given the green light for hardliners to vote in 2017 during his first ever contact with government authorities since the end of the crisis in 1998.
Koike, a feared BRA commander met with the Member for South Bougainville, Hon. Timothy Masiu and ABG Minister for Police and Member for Konnou Constituency, Hon. Willie Masiu on Sunday and also gave the orders for the lifting of the “no go zone” restrictions paving way for government services to flow into Me’ekamui controlled regions especially in South Bougainville.
The meeting with Koike and his subsequent announcement is a major breakthrough for the government after years of failed attempts by political
leaders and government officials to meet and establish contact with Koike and the Me’ekamui faction.
Sunday’s successful meeting is yet another milestone in efforts by Member Masiu to unite and ensure the people in all corners of his electorate have equal access to government services.
It also accomplishes the member’s mission to establish dialogue and understanding with the Me’ekamui faction. Mr Masiu raised eye brows and attracted criticisms when he met with the leader of the Me’ekamui faction, Noah Musingku.
Sunday’s meeting is the outcome of constant consultation and dialogue between Koike and the two leaders.
Emerging from a private meeting with the two political leaders that lasted almost forty minutes, Koike made his announcement witnessed by the two leaders and a small group of his loyal followers.
Koike also declared total support for Mr Masiu expressing satisfaction and confidence in Mr Masiu’s leadership.
He said: “Starting from when you became elected, I see that you are the true chosen leader. You are doing what was never done before by those leaders at that time. I therefore give you the clearance to begin (maintenance) work on the Piriraro to Pariro road as well the Tabago to Mogoroi and Ororoi road and the erection of the Konnou Peace Center at Mogoroi village.
“Of course next year is election time and I ask my people to return member Masiu for another term so that we can continue to see changes and development in South Bougainville,” Mr Koike appealed, adding Sunday’s meeting was the beginning of more meetings with the two leaders to come.
Both Koike and ABG Police Minister Wille Masiu said the South Bougainville leadership was now in the hands of Konnou people who must stand together to ensure the leadership stays to answer development issues.
Meanwhile, Member Masiu thanked Koike for recognising his leadership and extended the invitation for him to visit him in his office in Buin town. He said the leadership belongs to the people who will decide again come 2017.
He told Koike that the visit was most heartening because he valued him (Koike) as an important partner in the development of South Bougainville and the peace process in Bougainville,
Mr Masiu said he was happy because he has achieved his dream to meet with Musingku and now Koike, to try and involve them as development partners.
Member Masiu told Koike his electoral office in Buin belongs to the people of South Bougainville and the door was open for Koike to visit and discuss development and other important issues regarding the progress of Konnou and South Bouagaiville.
The two leaders stressed the meeting with Koike was also important in the continuing peace building