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Colonel Yaura Sasa is a hero!

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

WTF! You must be pulling my leg – surely?


Sonja Barry Ramoi via Facebook

In the preamble of the Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guineait is stated “that we reject violence and seek consensus as a means of solving our common problems”. Retired Colonel Yaura Sasa, who was recently recalled to active duty by Supreme Court Elect Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, upheld that very vow when he went willingly, yesterday, to Police Head Quarters in Port Moresby for questioning.

In an exclusive phone interview in the early hours of Sunday morning, Colonel Sasa advised that he had intended on presenting himself to the police in order to defuse tensions building up to a confrontation.

It is unfortunate that Colonel Sasa’s aim in publicly calling upon both the Supreme Court Elect Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and Parliament Elect Prime Minister Peter O’Neil to resolve their differences within 7 days has been misinterpreted.

Colonel Sasa is now paying the price for his courage and conviction in upholding and honouring the Constitution, however he will still go down in PNG history as a hero in the minds of many Papua New Guineans for doing just that.

“I know in my own conscience that I am okay, so no need to argue”, Colonel Sasa said – in reference to how the media has portrayed him as a mutineer.

In his first press conference, broadcast around the world, Colonel Sasa made it clear that “it is not a military coup”, it is however unclear, at this stage, what offence he has been charged with.

When I last spoke with Colonel Sasa, before his phone went dead, he was in good humour, despite hours of going through a record of interview at police HQ without his lawyer present. When I asked him what the police intend to charge him with…he replied “mutiny”.”

  1. JUDY
    January 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Mr Yaura Sasa was a military man,so he knew what the consequences would be, before and during the course of the mutiny he staged with the twenty or so other lower ranking soldiers. Surely alone he would not have taken that extra-ordinary courage and strength to carry out it out.Shouldnt the police go after the instigators;maybe he was coerce into staging the mutiny with a promise of bigger and better pay pack and living condtions.But commonsense would have told me (no mater how loyal), Somare regime had been given ample time to do better for Papua New Guineans in every way.. including their wage structure and living conditions.I feel for Mr Sasa,he does not look healthy,and I feel he may go down the hill from here on(health wise).It is always the “little fish” who get caught or suffer ,but the bigger ones escape and even if they are implicated,they will always find a escape route.

  2. January 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Agree 100% with you Judy, the people behind the scenes pulling the strings are the real culprits! As the saying goes, “do not shoot the messenger”. It is always the simple people who pay the penalty and not the financiers,conspirators,planners,etc etc… It is the same with yakasa and Kulunga, as well as other public servants.. Something needs to be done about this all too familiar situation where the big fish always seem to get away.

  3. January 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Colonel Sasa should be nominated for “the Darwin awards”. He’s a contender….as are the geniuses who left the notes about the planned mutiny on the hotel room white board!

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