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Bougainville Landowner Leader Lawrence Daveona a Double-Agent?

In June PNGexposed published bank reconciliation statements revealing that Panguna Mine Affected Landowners Association leader, Lawrence Daveona, was taking money from Rio Tinto lobbyist, Axel Sturm.

When we published the story the Daveona family denied the allegations and threatened to sue the author. Threats galore were tossed about.

And why would the Daveona’s beat their chests with such fury you ask? Because there was more to the story than even we imagined. Hats off to PNG Industry News who managed to get the full story from Axel Sturm, the man himself.

Sturm admits:

‘Daveona might have received a total of 4000 euros ($A5710) over various payments and in exchange, ESBC received “some information” that was more difficult to gain access to at the time’.

Hang on a minute – so Daveona was actually supplying the enemy, Rio Tinto, with intelligence on landowner communities, using his inside access, so that their subsidiary, BCL, could be position themselves to get the best deal possible during mine negotiations.

Wow! Were this war time Daveona would be what we would call a Double-Agent.

No wonder the Daveonas reacted so violently when we broke the story – we blew Lawrence’s cover.

We wonder what the landowners think about their own leader allegedly being a double-agent for Rio Tinto?

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  1. August 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Gentlemen,

    thank you for reporting the true story.

    One single explanatory note has to be added: I am not a Rio Tinto lobbyist, I am simply a major shareholder of Bougainville Copper Limited. This means that I am concerned as one of the owners of the company. I invested a lot of money in Bougainville Copper to bring the island forward and to earn money by doing this. In this I funded Mr. Daveona. I also gave mobile phones to other landowners to facilitate their communications. To call Mr. Daveona a double agent is inappropriate as it is a little bit to prestigious for him. I ended the cooperation with Daveona because he was not reliable. Furthermore he showed a permanent lack of respect towards President Momis and myself.

    With best regards,
    Axel G. Sturm
    14.08.2013

  2. Granger Daveona
    August 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Whahahahaha…. Guys, please…. No one gave a shit of what you guys posted the last time. It was the intergrity of one good person. After we found out how cheap you guys are acting we just did not give a damn. what else is next I wonder..

  3. Granger Daveona
    August 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Granger Daveona :
    Whahahahaha…. Guys, please…. No one gave a shit of what you guys posted the last time. It was the intergrity of one good person you rubbing mud on. After we found out how cheap you guys are acting we just did not give a damn. We saw it as a work of some jealous people who did not achieve what they want to somehow… I wonder what will you guys put up next?? don’t you people have anything better to do?? hahaha.. Top day all……….

    • Edith Manke
      August 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Top day Granger … I hear your dad needs body guards when visiting Bougainville. Oh wait ‘no one gives a damn’??? Yeah sure, keep your bull**** flowing buddy – oh and give my best to the Chinese, I hear they pay well and know how to ‘entertain’ their business partners

  4. Granger Daveona
    August 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Top day Edith, He does not need bodyguards. The ones with him are his relatives, Edith.. And he is retrenched and living in his hometown Arawa now, does that make him a visitor??

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