Kikori MP Mark Maipakai is fuming over the payment of more than K20 million … to several landowner associations’ chairmen, instead of being routed through the joint district planning and budget priorities committee – The National, 15 December
TWENTY million to Kikori? To Kikori landowner
associations? This roughly equates to
The truth will probably be seen in a dozen or two big, flash and over-powered luxury game-fishing-type cruisers, and flash houses with satellite phones for the privileged few, and overhead-laden fish-an- sago-marketing schemes presided over by the owners of the boats. One hopes that this will not come to pass … but!
To anyone who has spent time at Kikori this really brings home the truth of what is happening all over PNG right now.
In the Highlands today, men who had debts the like of Mexico's a few years ago, are suddenly building new coffee-factories and paying huge prices for absolute rubbish coffee, wet and full of defects, so as to be the "biggest buyer" of the district.
Roads, hospitals and schools languish courtesy of the release of huge amounts of "development" funds under various schemes of huge largesse.
This seriously depresses the quality and reputation of
PNG's attractive and useful village coffee, which is far and away the largest
component of its coffee exports. The product of some 400,000 small family-owned
coffee blocks is a vital part of the