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.
By The Critic PNG
It has been several days since David Arore, Deliah Gore and a gang of council presidents broke into the Haus of assembly in an act of desecration again the very people they represent.
The Arore gang, funded by Delilah Gore’s Community Development Ministry funds and logging money pissed on the constitution and the legal system and mocked the people of Oro province knowing they are too timid to do anything against them.
So far only five people have been arrested. They include former convict premier of the Oro province, Sylvanias Siembo, (who spent several years in jail) and former administrator, Owen Awaita.
The question that hangs over, what has now become a saga, is:
“Have the police sided with the Ijiviari MP, David Arore and Community Development Minister, Delilah Gore?”
Why has the Oro Province Provincial Police Commander not acted to arrest David Arore who led the mob? Have they been bought off?
The people of Oro must know that Arore and Gore have a known history of paying off police.
Gore paid for the Southern Region task force to be present when the mob broke into the assembly building. They, through their inaction, supported Arore and Gore.
Arore also has a cozy, “beer money” relationship with corrupt police from different units. Has the PPC been paid off by Arore?
These are questions everyone needs to ask.
The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the People’s National Congress Party had nothing whatsoever to do do with the stupidity that happened in Popondetta. As a Papua Region Marshall myself for PNC we respect all our people-elected governors… We have no time for opportunists like Arore.
Main thing is: You misinformed Oros please do not spin that bullshit about PM and PNC orchestrating the move to overthrow Gary Juffa. That is a deliberate lie. PM and PNC have the greatest respect for Honourable Governor Juffa.
Please Oro people:.. do not listen to stupid FB activists and bullshit artists and political conmen and conwomen. PM and PNC will be making a public media statement to dissassociate the PM and PNC from the stupidity that Arore spearheaded against Juffa.
The political tussle in Oro province has taken a new turn with revelations of a text message that shows how one member of Parliament in the center of the vote of no confidence motion plotted the removal of Oro Governor, Gary Juffa.
“Bro no money today. M a bit sick today n m sorry but pls r u on my boat?”
The message goes on to promise a bribe of K20,000 as well as an additional K200,000 if the Tufi LLG president, Jeff Taua, sided with him to form the illegal provincial cabinet.
“K10,000 before and K10,000 after. You keep your portfolio n K200,000 to bail ur debts in the LLG out after formation.”
The text message is understood to have been sent in the days leading to a meeting in Port Moresby’s Grand Papua Hotel; a meeting paid for by Community Development Minister, Delilah Gore using her departments funds.
The text message gives hints of a meeting and urges the LLG president to respond so that tickets can be organized.
“Pls respond so I’ll organize tickets n pls keep this confidential, Your Ambo.”
The text message has since been included as evidence which will be referred to the Ombudsman Commission.