Today I watched in absolute disgust as MPs giggled and laughed as Minister for Health made light humor at the fact that the GOVERNMENT had slashed funding for Church run health facilities to the tune of K50m.
– I had asked an explanation about the slash to our health services by the Government and could the Minister explain exactly how much and what programs exactly
Minister Malabag confirmed that the Government had cut K50m BUT only to the Churches run programs and ONLY the wages component.
BUT THE MOST REMOTE AREAS IN PNG WHERE MOST OF OUR PEOPLE LIVE ARE ONLY SERVICED BY CHURCHES! WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT LIE AND DECLARE THAT NO CUTS WOULD BE MADE TO EDUCATION AND HEALTH LAST YEAR AND THEN DO THIS!
– Furthermore I asked when the Transit Medical Storage Facility in Oro was to be completed since work had commenced in 2013 had not been finished. This was to be built to ensure timely delivery of drugs to our aidposts and hospitals and thus ensure we are best equipped to save lives. But the contract was never completed and yet K600,000 was paid to a contractor! Now this contract was dubiously given to a company namely Gini Construction owned by a male nurse that had ZERO experience and knowledge in building such infrastructure and had been illegally on the the Health payroll for 5 years until I took him off after I found out earlier this year. The work is substandard and remains unfinished! Drugs are not delivered in a timely manner and patients have to travel hours to Popondetta to get treatment.
The Minister acknowledged that the contractor was paid and the job incomplete! The Minister confirmed that CSTB awarded the contract! No surprise! The Minister confirmed the that the NDOH was now looking for money to complete the contract!
WHY WAS THIS CONTRACTOR ILLEGALLY ENGAGED!? WHY WAS HE PAID WHEN HE HAD NOT COMPLETED HIS JOB!? WHY HASNT HE BEEN ARRESTED AND LOCKED UP INCLUDING THE CSTB AND NDOH OFFICIAL WHOSE CORRUPT ACTIONS HAVE RESULTED IN MEDICAL RISKS AND POSSIBLE DEATHS OF OUR PEOPLE??! I WILL FIND OUT THESE PUBLIC SERVANTS NAMES AND HAVE THEM ARRESTED!
I also asked if the NDOH had built a lab to verify drugs imported and distributed by the contraversial Malaysian Company Borneo Pacific as the Government had promised to do since the company they were importing from China Pharmaceutical was cited for peddling counterfeit drugs by the WHO and NDOH had intentionally removed ISO Certification as a criteria to allow them to select Bormeo Pharmaceutical at an extra K20m more.
Minister admitted they had failed since to build such a lab.
Most MPs in Government giggled and laughed as the Health Minister joked about the matter in parliament during a supplementary question by Member for Lae Loujaya Kouja.
Our peoples health is no laughing matter. Especially when many in remote areas are struggling to come into towns to find help and wait hours and even days before treatment. Many vulnerable people such as babies and elderly are dying from treatable medical matters.
SAVING LIVES IS ANY GOVERNMENTS FUNDAMENTAL ROLE ….BUT THIS GOVERNMENT FINDS THE DEPLORABLE HEALTH SITUATION IN OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLES MISERY A LAUGHING MATTER…
Today we are besieged. The so called elites in power who do the bidding of the pirates that control our resources are fast selling PNG off, neither protecting nor promoting PNG interests.
Just walk into any business and ask yourself how is PNG protected here? A few genuine businesses and investors struggle while a many are merely here as vultures to take what they can while they can.
Just reflect on all decisions made regarding resource development and ask yourself, how has PNG being protected or promoted here? Not a single decision has been made with the people of PNGs interests at heart. Zero, zilch, none.
Go to the nearest Police and Army barracks. These are our badges of sovereignty, they lie in shambles, rotting, dilapidated and sad. They tell our story of National Security.
The public service is no longer a machine that delivers goods and services for PNG, many a good public servant has been shut out, removed and even attacked. The civil service is now an evil service and public servants are fast being replaced by public serpents.
Justice is now only affordable to those who can pay for it. Law is for those who can take it into their own hands.
That is our reality.
Next year on, our efforts to fight for a PNG worth saving must not be confined to social media chats, discussions at buai markets or during coffee and tea sessions, they must actually culminate in physical action.
I myself have prepared for this, I hope other Papua New Guineans who care about their country and its future will do the same.
I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Time and time again, I have found that in PNG during times when we need to rise up and fight, sadly, courage is very much lacking and overshadowed by apathy.
By our very inaction, we are allowing ourselves as a people to be led to the slaughter. A terrible and sad situation we find ourselves in today as we stare into a bleak future where we are marginalized and no longer own our land, are no longer in control of our resources and are but spectators in a future designed for others by others.
This is NOT the PNG I want for my children. I am sure it is NOT the PNG you want for your children either.
Today, it is a PNG where elected leaders and a public service machinery work against their people, instead of protecting our interests they are busy selling of our resources to hostile forces for 30 pieces of silver.
How did we arrive here?
How is it that just about every State organ created and designed for the very reason to protect and promote PNG interests have turned against its people? Brutalizing our people, selling off our land and doing so with careless abandon and an almost arrogant impunity?
How is it that a PNG with so much hope and promise has instead became a land of lawlessness and lost opportunities?
How is it that our systems of education and health have deteriorated so bad that we have come to accept that we are now intentionally managed to be a population of weak, unhealthy, unintelligent and pacified zombies allowing ourselves to be herded and moved here and there by ruthless pirates and their puppet MPs?
Today, our resources, our jobs and our opportunities are not guaranteed.Our voices of dissent and protest and concern are brushed aside and we are instead told to be happy, we are encouraged to sing praises as infrastructure, often low quality at inflated prices are built with monies borrowed at outrageous interest rates that we and our future generations are expected to pay back.
Many of our people have fallen, mesmerized by the bright lights of false promises, and raise their voices and sing praises without realizing the bitter price our future generations will be paying.
Even what is wrong and unethical and immoral we have come to accept and expect and now are promoting but telling ourselves “as long as there is something being done”. What is being done is your country and your people are being sold lock, stock and barrel to powerful forces that do not care about you and your children and want only your resources and the profits they can make at your expense.
Yes, whenever we raise concern about the state of PNG, we are labelled doom and gloom prophets. But these are NOT prophesies, these are but realities.
Meanwhile, those in power move to shut voices of dissent, manipulate the media to churn out propaganda to divert the attention of masses, rule and divide with money and weaken systems of good governance and render them useless.
2017 is WAR. It is NOW or NEVER. RISE or FALL.
It is a war you and I must fight to SAVE PNG. No one else will do this for us. Our so called friends and neighbors are busy with their own problems and besides their vision of what we must be is NOT what we should accept as it is but a mere fraction of what we can be.
I see all the usual political gimmicks moving again. Its the time for politics. “Its just a game” say the usual conmen, middlemen and puppets and muppets.
A game where people die…our people.
So scan all the political parties you admire, subscribe to and enthusiastically embrace and promote and sing for and drink beer for and tell your inlaws about proudly…and in quiet moments….in the still of a PNG night when you can only hear is TRUTH…ask yourselves…ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR PNG? Most are merely pandering the same old mediocre statements that have kept them in power either contributing directly or indirectly to where PNG is now…
I may fight this battle alone, I don’t have the riches and backing of powerful financial pirates that they do, but I believe in a PNG owned by Papua New Guineans…I have a few loyal friends and family…they love this country too
Choose your leaders carefully, ask yourself, since we are at war, are they the person you want by your side fighting for you, will they be at the forefront of our battle fighting with energy and patriotic passion to save our people, our land and our future or will they be whisked away by the pirates that control our resources and are sucking the very life out of our nation while we sit and watch silently?
Yes, many are NOT your leaders, they are THEIR leaders….fighting NOT for you and what is yours but for what their MASTERS have paid for.
So rise up and fight for PNG if you believe that it is a PNG worth saving. Just saying that this is true and liking this page is NOT enough, live every moment as if it is your last and remember the faces of your children and ask yourself, WHERE WILL THEY BE TOMORROW IF I FAIL THEM TODAY?
WE MUST FIGHT!
If we don’t, we have firmly helped the boot of the oppressor be placed on the neck of our children and we have folded our arms and shut our mouths and blindfolded our eyes and crossed our legs and sold out…
I am preparing for war. I will fight every which way to save my people, our land and our future, I believe you can choose that too…I may go down alone but I go down knowing I did not merely give up or watch like a coward, I fought.
The Prime Minister may have been making a song and dance in the media about getting tough on illegal logging – but the real hero is Oro Governor Gary Juffa
Despite O’Neill’s promises he has done nothing to stop the illegal logging operations ripping through PNG forests and has done nothing to cancel the unlawful SABL leases.
That record stands in stark contrast to the proactive stance taken by Gary Juffa. In 2014 Juffa backed the Collingwood Bay landowners with financial, legal and moral support in their court battle against the illegal SABL lease over their land. As a result the lease was declared null and void and subsequently cancelled.
Now Juffa has added a stop work notice against the logging operations of Yema Gaiapa Developers Limited and Viva Success Limited to his record on fighting illegal logging.
The stop work notice was not the result of the Prime Ministers efforts neither did it come about through the effective working of the PNG Forest Authority or the National Forest Board. The victory was the result of unrelenting pressure from the Oro Governor and his refusal to take no for an answer.
Mr Juffa on hearing of the announcement was quick to say:
“Justice prevails finally prevails….We now wish to pursue a civil case to recover damages. The firms have been trespassing and unlawfully logging for decades and I have been adamant that they must stop.
“In fact, if they were not dealt with by the National Government we had earmarked them for removal early next year by force”
One wonders why the Governors of East and West New Britain, East and West Sepik and New Ireland to not show a similar resolve to protect and defend their people in the face of illegal logging and land grabbing…
ANDREW ALPHONSE in the Post Courier
LOGGING companies in this country are run and owned by ‘foreign criminals Mafias’ who have no regard for the laws of this sovereign nation.
Oro Governor Garry Juffa said this during a press conference early Wednesday morning. He later raised the same during Question Time in Parliament.
Governor Juffa said foreign logging companies are hell-bent to exploit our virgin forests without any compliance to the rules and laws governing timber operations in the country.
He said with their no-care attitude, they also use our very own police force against fellow citizens of this country. Governor Juffa said this after policemen engaged by a Malaysian logging company in Oro last week assaulted, arrested and locked up 17 local landowners who protested over illegal logging of their customary forest.
Governor Juffa said the particular logging firm is illegal conducting logging at the Yamagapa area bordering Morobe and Oro which is not in their licensed area of logging as permitted by the National Forest Authority (NFA).
He said several times when landowners protested over these illegal logging in their area, the company uses police who employ heavy- handed tactics like beating and locking them up including dishing out inhuman treatments. Governor Juffa said policemen, state agencies in Oro like FNA officers and other line agencies are turning a blind -eye to the situation and as frustration is building up, the worst is imminent as landowners are already fed- up and willing to take law into their own lands.
See also: No more PNG police at logging sites
Governor Juffa demanded the NFA to immediately revoke the license of this company and have them deported adding that logging has being in operation in Oro for nearly 20 years but there is no economic return for the landowners and the provincial governments. He said all that is left is over 100 hectares of barren land not even reforested.
“I say even is enough and under my watch and leadership, I will stop all illegal logging in Oro,” Governor Juffa said.
In Parliament on Wednesday, Forest Minister Douglas Tomuresia said that he is aware of the logging incident and has advised his office to give the company a show- cause notice to explain.
He said officers have also being sent to investigate the allegations and a report of their findings would be made available to Governor Juffa soon.
Ijivitari MP, David Arore, has publicly defamed national court judge, Justice Ambeng Kandakasi on Facebook accusing him of corruption, partiality and an unhealthy alliance with Oro Governor, Gary Juffa prior to yesterday’s court decision.
In multiple posts on the social network, David Arore, used his personal account to post photographs that purport to show a meeting between Justice Kandakasi and Governor Juffa prior to yesterday’s decision which awarded a stay order in favor of Juffa.
On the initial post yesterday, the ijiviari MP wrote:
“…Photo’s of judge Kandakasi and Gary Juffa before hearing of Oro Prov. Vote of no confidence case…Where is justice?”
Arore also questioned Justice Kandakasi’s credibility as a judge and accused him of allowing his personal relationship to influence his decision.
In another one of the posts Arore wrote:
“…Arore demands new judge in Oro vote of no confidence case after Justice Kandakasi is seen here wining and dining with Gary Juffa…”
It is however understood that the photographs were from a previous meeting of various high profile movers and shakers where Justice Kandakasi and Governor Juffa were invited.
Last month, the Ijivitari MP and the Minister for Community Development, Delilah Gore, led a group of seven council presidents who broke into the provincial assembly building in Popondetta and announced that Arore was now governor.
Juffa then sought clarification from the national court which saw the handing down of a restraining order against David Arore yesterday. Justice Kandakasi has not yet responded to the allegations.
Ijivitari MP, David Arore, has come out publicly in defense of Community Development Minister, Delilah Gore, saying Gore was not involved in the purported vote of no confidence motion again Oro’s legitimate governor, Gary Juffa. Speaking to the Post Courier, Arore described the take over as “straight Oro politics.”
This is however contrary to glaring evidence in the form of payment records of K17,000 to the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby where seven local level government presidents were accommodated.
Despite efforts to distance Gore from the unrecognized vote in Popondetta, the Gore has continued to prove that she cannot be trusted. In a news conference last week, the Minister lied about the K17,000 payment saying she had no knowledge of the payment despite the evidence at hand.
Gore also paid, using ministerial funds, for the Southern Region police taskforce to be present in Popondetta during the protest that saw the usurping of the governor’s post.
It is now understood the Chief Secretary, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, has summoned the Community Development Secretary, Anna Solomon, to explain why she assisted the Minister in lying during a public news conference last week.
Leaked documents [see below] reveal how the Tufi Local Level Government President, Jaff Taua, tried to steal more than K15,000 by attempting to have a company pay a ‘refund’ into his brother’s bank account. Initially, the cheque for K15,730 was paid by the Ijiviatiri District Treasury office to Nawae Construction for the building of a slipway for the controversial MV Ijivitari – the ship bought by former Ijivitai MP, Cecil King Doruba
The LLG President then wrote to the manager of Nawae Construction to have the money refunded “to meet other urgent needs of the vessel while awaiting the release of funds for the vessel” from the district administration before December. It is not certain if the reason for the claim was legitimate but instead of asking for the refund to be paid back into the district treasury account, Jeff Taua requested for the money to be paid into his brother’s bank account!
The letter, received on 3rd September 2014, reads: “The payment of the refund is to be made to the project coordinator, Mr. Felix Taua, BSP account number 1010373502 to enable him to manage the project”
Adding to the financial process irregularities, the LLG president goes on to apologize to Nawae Construction for the inconvenience and promises to repay the money when funds became available. “I want to assure you that once funds are released, I will make payments into the account without delay and send the vessel to slipway.”
This revelation comes the day after a text message promising a K20,000 bribe to the Tufi LLG president was revealed.