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15 September 2017


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I am of the same view with my fellow clansman Leonard.

Of course nothing can get past an accomplished writer and storyteller like Mr Roka whose powers of observation take in everything that happens all around him.

Right from the outset we are already seeing that certain people are being singled out for indoctrination with promise of reward of "cargo" and cash.

One member of the "mediation group" tasked with throwing all the former combatant commanders together in one bed with BRA heavies Ishmael Toroama, Glyn Tovirika and Sam Kauona who are advocating Panguna mine re-opening, spilled the beans saying that they were promised Toyota 5 door Landcruisers and cash if they "captured" other commanders from South and Central Bougainville who were against mining.

The whole whole mining affair is proving to be very divisive at the time when we Bougainvilleans should be united in preparation for the referendum on the political future of Bougainville.

Common sense must prevail otherwise we are in for a long haul with these mining and referendum wagons.

Good to read your words again Chris. I should tell readers that Chris himself is an accomplished writer - KJ

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