BY KEITH JACKSON
AT A CEREMONY at Anganai village near Kieta on
Friday, Bougainville president James Tanis said there was “no doubt” the
expressed confidence that the people of
The reconciliation ceremony was one of many being held throughout the island right now to expunge the enmities resulting from a civil war in which 20,000 Bougainvilleans died.
And, conscious that he became president by default – his predecessor Joseph Kabui died in office in June 2008, Mr Tanis emphasised the importance of continuity in government and said his leadership should be judged by how much he has accomplished in a short time.
ago, an opposition party, the New Bougainville Party, was reconstituted in Buka.
It will be led by PNG’s ambassador to
Momis will definitely contest the presidency, with the party contesting all
“The Party, under the leadership of John Momis, if elected
to power will pursue the development of
“We have no reason to remain divided and underdeveloped,
for we have the capacity and resources to develop
Meanwhile, a prominent Bougainvillean, Patrick Heromate, has
Mr Heromate says funds worth millions of kina pumped into
“Millions have been lost and
“We have just turned the page into another new year and if our leaders continue to spend money and resources like this, the people will suffer.”
Mr Eromate said public order issues were on the rise and that law enforcement officers needed to step up their efforts in fighting crime.
He also called on leaders to address weapons disposal,
saying guns are still being used in some parts of
He said the people and leaders must not turn a blind eye
on the problems and that