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19 October 2016


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Its already at its peak stage in the highlands region now, while have few months before the writs open for 2017 general elections. All the voters took advantage of the LPV and are now filthy rich in their pockets with hefty money from the intending candidates. Its always a sad story for both the candidate and the voters for pity tangible development in the country

A tribesman visited me this week and told me he left his family and stayed with a candidate for a week. He called the names of candidates he will visit every week. He has like- minded tribesmen and a few women accompanying him.

Came home from church one Sunday mid-day during election campaign time.

I didn't used to open my small bush store on Sundays in those years.

But waiting for me was one of my wife's 'uncle'. "How's aunty? Can you help me I really need a few things for a couple of days on the trail with my bigman." He mentioned one of the likely winners of the forthcoming election.

So I opened for him and a few other wantoks who were part of the team helping the elite from Moresby to try and win. Nice sale and my 'tambu' got some cigarettes for himself out of the dealings.

Peace returned for a normal quiet Taskul Sunday afternoon.

The following Sunday once again I came back from church to find my tambu begging to be allowed to make some purchase for the team escorting a wannabee elite.

The only difference was when I shook hands with him it was a different bigman from the previous Sunday.

Quietly I asked my Tambu what had happened to last week's favourite son he had been helping win the election?

Whispering back and with a wink he said, "Time for us grassroots to make some money from these spivs!"

Slim Dusty had a song about the '5-year' parade of aspiring MPs visiting the isolated communities too.

Damned if can recall title of it.

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