Operation Render Safe only skin deep
The Render Safe Operation is a joint operation between the Australian Defence Force, Bougainville Police Service and community police. The operation is said to be focused on removing World War 2 bombs from the West coast of Torokina District. The call for the operation was said to be from the women of Torokina (Hakalits. S, Mothers welcome operation, 27th.10.2014, Post Courier). This has, however, been denied by the community.
According to the community the call for the operation was made by the ABG’s President, John Momis, and its business partner Henry Chow and its purpose is to clear the way for the Torokina oil palm project. As well as the oil palm project are there any other motives?
Enter ABG Vice President Patrick Nisira who, under the influence of alcohol, has disclosed to this reporter his leader Momis’ interest in the Torokina plateau and the resource beneath the sea,. It is the alternative way forward to mining that repays 2010’s campaign money worth K30 million received upon a corrupt deal with Fong. As opposition to Panguna Mine gains momentum a desperate Momis gets on-board the Australian Marine force to tap into the biggest oil basin in the Southern Hemisphere.
Member for Ioro, Micheal Oni, and Minister for Mining also mentioned to this reporter that Panguna is not the only option for economy recovery. ‘The government cannot go without mining thus we are targeting Torokina oil and palm oil through the Operation Render Safe’. It was great to see him laugh after he said that.
There is a plan to build a pipeline from Torokina to Australia via Kesa in the Haku Constituency on Buka island, the oil drilling plant will have to start because the government is desperate.
On the ground people have questioned why if the operation came in for safety were they not able to remove bombs that are 5 meters beneath the ground. The interest an anonymous leader said is not on the land. People’s safety is in the sea, that is why there is much focus underwater and not on land.
Momis and his government will soon abolish the Panguna Land Owners Association. They have already sensed the area that can help to achieve their dire need, and it’s none other than Torokina. A place where our humble population is found.
Operation Render Safe and the oil palm project are the scape goats to this hidden motive that has leaked into the air. If it was not for attaining the promises made to BCL then the 2010 American Army operation should have continued. They are the ones whose base was Torokina. It is where the American 16 foot thick ammunition cellar is.