BY KEITH JACKSON
OUR SOMETIME CORRESPONDENT, Tim Koeser (PNG Attitude passim), is at it again. Formerly the self-styled leader of the World Indigenous Council of Jesus Christ, he has re-emerged in the last 24 hours as the no less self-styled President of the East Sepik Interim Government.
It’s quite a promotion but Koeser has the rhetoric, if not the spelling, to support it:
The O’niel Namah monstrosity is not a government but a parliamentary coupe headed by treacherous rebels that are seeking only to extend their illegal reign. They are contravening the Constitution as well as violating the People’s basic democratic rights.
East Sepik independence may have been declared last night, but I should take you back to the beginning. As a former classmate at Two Rivers High School, Wisconsin (USA) recalls:
I first met Tim in our freshman year. Tim hailed from Papua New Guinea. And he had arms the size of oak trees. Tim was a cool dude and was pretty laid back. You could inevitably see him strolling the halls in one of his "Rude Dog" T-shirts. I liked him.
In our junior year, Richard told me that Tim had gotten irritated at a friend of his, Scott Langman. Apparently Tim even suggested that Scott was on steroids, as his mood swings were very annoying. For a time, he allegedly thought about beating the crap out of Scott. We came up with a plan to actually pay Tim to do it. Of course that never happened.
After high school, Tim left Two Rivers (he later said it was full of a bunch of racists) and worked on a Florida fishing boat, found God, painted quite a bit and then decided to visit his mother and uncle Michael [Somare] in Papua New Guinea.
It went pear-shaped. Despite promises by Uncle Michael of a good job, Koeser says he was abandoned by him - as well as by his mother. In all he spent a year back home, during that time meeting his wife Dianne.
Then. according to him, Koeser, “helped negotiate a peace treaty that ended a 10-year war on the island of Bougainville”.
His classmate says:
Tim apparently penned the words of the treaty. But he had to do so in secret, as his uncle was "on the other side" so to speak. The treaty was recognised by the United Nations.
So back in PNG, and a man with a mission, Koeser wrote that he was “embroiled in a struggle to save my indigenous lands and resources from the Wall Street globalists that are trying their very best to steal them from me and my indigenous people”.
Fast forward to today, when Koeser and (he claims ) Sir Michael Somare have co-signed an extraordinary ‘East Sepik Declaration of Independence’, in which he says:
Since the O’niel Namah oligarchy has taken over the Parliament they have made it a point to punish the People of the East Sepik in their attempt to defy the PNG Supreme Court and the PNG Constitution that court represents. This is extremely dangerous when these same rebels have taken over the heads of all of the administrative bodies as well as the power of the purse in the Nation. These rebels have nothing to restrain them even claiming to be supreme in PNG.
Koeser goes on to declare:
Therefore we the People of the East Sepik do now hereby unilaterally declare independence in order to defend our People from the rebels controlling the PNG Parliament.
The declaration was to take effect from midnight last night unless Somare was not reinstated as prime minister, an eventuality that at the time of writing seemed highly unlikely.
We look forward to hearing more from Tim Koeser about how the East Sepik Interim Government is travelling in its newly independent status.