ELECTION RELATED VIOLENCE has cost the state millions of dollars and continues to be a drag on the entire country. Violence continues to pressure our judicial system, as politicians dispute the results in a challenge to the courts and the rule of law.
The abuse of process for political gain and ability to use state resources for political gain are totally uncalled act of suppression and oppression by those who given mandated powers.
I have come to a stage where I no longer believe in a united Papua New Guinea. I have lost confidence in our efforts to correct many wrongs that divide and tear our country into ethnic divide.
Let’s wake up to the reality. Money doesn’t buy freedom, alliance, unity or nationalism.
It’s leadership that inspires and brings the nation together. We have lost that; what is happening in our villages, towns and cities is the sickness of incompetent and non-visionary leadership in all sectors of society.
When things go wrong, we use excuses like, “Oh but we are democratic” and wait another five years for an opportunity to change our destiny through the ballot box.
Important decisions are made every day in private boardrooms away from our Parliament. Once a decision is reached, our politicians are unable to capture the reason they stood to represent the people.
They instead resort to accept any offer put forward to them in the name of development, aid, investment and globalisation.
I am not decrying that we should be part of global society; I am concerned about where we have arrived at this current point in our short democratic history.
We can’t blame the past for how we arrived here; we can only blame our decision-makers for focusing on wrong areas that could not sustain us.
For example, today the number of young male in prison is alarming. There is no form of rehabilitation to help them change their wrong ways.
We have 60,000 to 80,000 young people pushed out of our dead-end education system. Our slogan is that, if you failed, go to back to the village to work the land. It is so irresponsible for any generation to deny the future of its country’s youth.
When we realise our mistakes, we come up with quick-fix solutions hoping to create development schemes to capture the lost decades of these human resources.
The world has changed, many rural youths are moving into urban centres all over the world for education, science, technology and medical opportunities. We cannot stop the trend of rural urban migration but we can manage its weakness and its opportunities.
What can be done to unite Papua New Guinea? Nearly all our national leaders, mostly politicians, have lost people’s confidence because of their actions and the way they manage our country.
Our religious leadership has tried to ignore the political development of our country and focus on social and spiritual growth. Only a few speak up when things go wrong.
I don’t blame them as they practice what their Christian beliefs demand of them. But we have seen politicians who capitalise on church weakness in this area.
I think autonomous forms of provincial administration could help us. We can reward well performing provinces with autonomous status; while those who abuse the process should be under a special mechanism of a military civil emergency administration to strengthen and stabilise them.
What the national government can do is to maintain defence, foreign affairs, border security and other areas as vital to the nation. The exercise may be expensive but it’s worth our unity and future.
Nelson Mandela was successful in his politically well calculated move to use Rugby to bridge the divide between blacks and whites; he was well versed, focused and visionary. He was a leader who was prepared to die for South Africa.
Our issues are not corruption, crime, or any weakness within our governance system rather our issue is leadership; leaders who are mandated to manage the affairs of our country but who fail to stand up for what is best for our people.
When leaders are not visionary, our people become blinded by the system that those in power use to capitalise on our weakness.
And when we lose hope, we tend not to care about our country men and women; our society is subjected to the rule of evil; greed, lies, murder and sexual exploitation blight us.
We are tribal people and our hope is a form of governance that gives us tribal responsibility by way of autonomy.
I am surprised our legislators continue to explore the developed countries’ social and economic policies while we are still a third world country.
We have to come to realise that our own doing has cost us our future; but we must remember that our lost identity cannot be recovered by quick fix solutions. We need a long-term approach that can work.