150317 EXCOMBATANTS STILL FOCUSED
By Aloysius Laukai
Chairman of the South Bougainville Excombatants Association,
DAVID KONGKORI called on Bougainville leaders not to loose focus but remain to cause in which Bougainvilleans died for.
Speaking at the reconciliation ceremony of four warring villagers in the Makis area, MR. KONGKORI said that the former combatants want leaders to lead the people to a safe and prosperous future.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Referendum, Peace and Reconciliation ALBERT PUNGHAU in his reply said that the ABG under President Momis is in control and will lead Bougainville in to the conduct of Referendum in 2019.
He said that the Bougainville Referendum Commission fomed recently will be the vehicle used to prepare Bougainville into Referendum.
130317MASIU SAYS HE IS READY
By Aloysius Laukai
The member for South Bougainville in the National Parliament, TIMOTHY MASIU told the people of MAKIS that he was ready to do his part in the National Parliament to make sure the National Parliament rectifies the result of the Bougainville Referendum in 2019.
He made these remarks in supporting the call by the ABG Minister for Peace and Reconciliation and Bougainville Referendum, ALBERT PUNGHAU in Piano yesterday.
MR. PUNGHAU said that Bougainville needs the support of all members of Parliament to complete the referendum process in 2019.
MR. MASIU said that as a people’s representative he must make sure all issues concerning the Bougainville Peace Process and other issues affecting the people of South Bougainville are brought to the attention of the Papua New Guinea National Government.
MR. MASIU was the guest of honor at the PIANO reconciliation ceremony yesterday.
130317MASIU PRESENTS 100
By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
The member for South Bougainville in the National Parliament, TIMOTHY MASIU yesterday presented ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA towards the church building of the Piano Parish and also pledged another FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the maintenance of the PIANO HEALTH CENTRE.
This is part of his contribution to development of South Bougainville by contributing to infrastructures in South Bougainville.
Member Timothy Masiu since his election through a By election last year has already contributed in many projects that past leaders have overlooked in the past.
Speaking at the reconciliation ceremony in PIANO yesterday, MR. MASIU said that he was moved and called on other Bougainvilleans to follow the steps taken by the people of MAKIS.
He also thanked the member for MAKIS for showing true leadership and leading his people into a bright future.
130317MAKIS LEADS THE WAY
By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
The people of Piano Parish in the Makis Constituency yesterday celebrated Sunday mass by reconciling four warring parties from AKU, KOKOPO,LEROUTU and TOKUAKA villages.
This was the eight such reconciliation for the people of MAKIS since they started reconciliation ceremonies in their area early last year.
The ceremonies were started after so many prayer meetings with their local priest, FR.STEVEN LUGABAI and the visit by Our Lady of Fatima opened the way for creating avenue for reconciliations from the heart and not the use of money.
The member for MAKIS in the Autonomous Bougainville Government, JOHN VIANI who started the reconciliation ceremonies by reconciling with the ex-combatants who burnt his store to ashes and main sponsor for organising other reconciliation ceremonies said that he wanted to lead the way by forgiving those who damaged his properties.
He told the gathering that as their leader he wanted to show his commitment to peace and reconciliation in his Constituency.
And he appealed to other Makis citizens to come out and be counted as people who can contribute to the development of Makis and Bougainville as a whole.
He said true peace comes from the heart and does not need any money.
The ceremony was attended by ABG Ministers, ALBERT PUNGHAU and THOMAS PATAAKU and the member for South Bougainville in the National Parliament, TIMOTHY MASIU and included former combatants from Buin, Siwai and Bana.
130317PUNGHAU ON REFERENDUM
By Aloysius Laukai in Buin
The Minister for Peace and Reconciliation and former ABG Minister for Finance, ALBERT PUGHAU yesterday told the people of MAKIS that the ABG and the National Government have agreed on the process that will lead to the eventual conduct of the Bougainville Referendum on June 15th, 2019.
He was speaking at the reconciliation ceremony of four warring villages of KOKOPO, LEROUTU AND TOKUAKA who were members of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and AKU members who were members of the Bougainville Resistance Force.
MR. PUNGHAU said that the chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission was already appointed to chair the preparation process for the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum.
MR. PUNGHAU told the people of MAKIS that the ABG under President DR. JOHN MOMIS has been working around the clock to make sure that stage was set for the conduction of the Referendum.
He called on the people to make sure they are prepared for the referendum process.
Momis on Nisira Resignation
Outgoing ABG Vice President Patrick Nisira has been described as a creative thinker and pragmatic leader who did a lot for his constituents and the people of Bougainville.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis made these remarks during the swearing in ceremony of the new Vice President Raymond Masono.
Nisira was first appointed as Vice President in the first Momis administration in 2010 and then again in 2015 during the last ABG elections.
“For a young man he showed maturity and great concern for his people and he was a very good member of the Bougainville Executive Council,” President Momis said.
“He was not a populist leader but he led by example and made his decisions in government as a matter of principle,” Momis said.
“I must say forthwith that I did not make a mistake when I first appointed Mr Nisira as my Vice President, his contributions to the ABG especially his commitment to the executive government and to the formulation of new laws and policies such as the ABG Mining Act where he was a strong advocate for landowner rights and of recent as Minister for Referendum,” Momis said.
“The next journey that Mr Nisira embarks on is not one that will abandon us, no he is strategically repositioning himself to further the Bougainville agenda and ensure that the dreams of the people of Bougainville are realised,” he said.
“Our vision is to create a new nation whether an independent nation or a nation within a nation and create policies on economic development, infrastructure development and qualitative change for our people,” Momis reminded Mr Nisira.
Mr Nisira also thanked President Momis for having the confidence in him and appointing him as Vice President in both his administrations.
“It has been a privilege for me as a young man to have served under one of Bougainville’s and PNG’s greatest leaders and I consider President Momis to be my political mentor,” Nisira said.
Nisira also urged the ABG Ministers and Members not to lose focus on the journey that Bougainville is heading towards and that is achieving a definitive political solution to Bougainville’s future.
“Please continue to continue to concentrate to on the aim of the ABG which is to empower Bougainvilleans to manage their own affairs, solve their own problems and work hard to realise our people’s aspirations,” he said.
Nisira will remain as the Member of the Halia Constituency until he formally resigns from the Bougainville House of Representatives.
New ABG Vice President
The ABG Minister for Public Service, Raymond Masono has been appointed as the new Vice President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government following the resignation of Patrick Nisira.
Mr Masono was sworn in as Vice President by Chief Magistrate Bruce Tasikul after being appointed by ABG President Chief Dr John Momis.
The decision to appoint Masono came after the incumbent, Nisira had made his decision to resign the VP’s post and contest the 2017 National General Election.
Mr Masono is from the Carteret’s Island and is a first term MP in the ABG and the Member for the Atolls Constituency and Minister for Public Service.
Prior to his entry into politics Masono had a distinguished career in the Bougainville Public Service and held several senior positions; including Acting Chief Administrator, Deputy Chief Administrator Policy and Director for Panguna Negotiations.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude on behalf of the Atolls people for the President’s confidence in appointing me as his new Vice President,” Masono said.
“I accept this appointment with great humility, for me personally it is a great honour to serve as the Vice President of one of the founding fathers of this nation and I want to assure the President and the people of Bougainville of my undivided loyalty and continued support to the President and ABG,” Masono said.
“I undertake to do my very best to support the President and the government to ensure that ABG’s key objectives on economic recovery, infrastructure development and law and order are realised with limited available resources,” he added.
Masono also paid tribute to his predecessor for his immense contribution to the ABG since he first became a member in 2005 and eventually Vice President in 2010.
Masono wished Nisira well on his aspirations in the National Elections and congratulated him on taking the Bougainville issue to the next level which is the National Parliament of PNG.
Apart from Masono assuming the responsibilities of the Vice President he also retained his ministry as Minister for Public Service.
President Momis also announced a reshuffle in his cabinet, the ABG Finance Minister Albert Punghau has now been appointed the Minister for Implementation of Bougainville Peace Agreement formerly Ministry of Referendum, Peace and Veterans Affairs that was held by the outgoing Vice President, Patrick Nisira.
For the time being President Momis has assumed the role of Minister for Finance and Treasury until such time as he announces a full cabinet reshuffle.
Caption Raymond Masono( right) being sworn in by Senior Magistrate Bruce Tasikul whilst Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau watches.
230217JOHN WANTS EDUCATION
By Aloysius Laukai
The eldest of the Masiu brothers and educationist running a FODE Centre in the Wisai area, JOHN MASIU called on the EUROPEAN UNION to help the ABG by building g a Specialized Training Centre in Konnou.
Speaking as the chief of the area, MR. MASIU said that the area needs to address kids that have gone past school age due to the Bougainville conflict.
He said these lost generation needs to be trained in specialized training centres to make them become useful contributers to the development of Bougainville.
MR. MASIU said that EU has done good in the past by establish similar institutions like the KOROMIRA Vocational center, Burunotui etc.
In her response the EU Deputy Head of Mission, MARIA CHRISTEBELL said that EU will consider the request and see if this can be possible.
230217MASIU WELCOMES EU TEAM
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG Member for Konnou and Minister for Police CIS and Justice, WILLIE MASIU today thanked the EU team visiting Bougainville for coming to his Wisai area.
Speaking at the Opening of the LALUAI market, MR. MASIU said Konnou is the last electorate and least developed area where visitors rarely visit but the visit by the EU team is a moral booster for his people.
He said that this shows that they are a true friends that can work with his people to bring about development and change in his constituency.
MR.MASIU also called on his people to look after the market for their own benefit.
He said the LALUAI area is one of the planned growth centres and the market is just the beginning of other government services to the area.
MR.MASIU said that future plan of the area would also include the establishment of a Health and Education facility and also the COE office would be moved to this area.