THE ACTING CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Chris Siriosi, has said comments that external advisers are directing the development of ABG laws are insulting to Bougainvillean leaders.
Writing in the Bougainville Forum on Facebook, Mr Siriosi said the ABG has wide legislative powers to enable Bougainvilleans to find solutions to their own needs and problems.
“Some people say advisers direct or control development of ABG laws,” he said.
“That kind of comment, not based on any evidence, is saying we are so weak or stupid that we allow outsiders to control us.
“I can assure you that no adviser controls me, the President, our ministers or our senior officers.”
Mr Siriosi said the ABG is using a legislative drafter who worked in Port Moresby for many years and now lives in Australia. “He does our drafting work only as directed by the ABG,” Mr Siriosi said, adding that, while the ABG does not yet have an experienced Bougainvillean drafter, a Bougainvillean lawyer is now being trained.
He also said that all the ABG’s advisers are completely under ABG and Administration direction and control as Bougainville develops its own laws. “If they were not, we would immediately get rid of them.”
Mr Siriosi also said that the ABG is trying to improve its communication to the Bougainville people.
“At present radio reaches only parts of Bougainville,” he said. “More than 60% of our people aren’t covered. So the ABG is working to extend broadcast coverage. A new satellite transmission system, for all main broadcasters, should be working within weeks.