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Subject: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 10 2008, 09:11:49am

Wishing all Engans both in and out of Enga Province "Happy Independence Celebration" for Independence for Papua New Guinea on 16 September 2008.

Peace to all in this forum and lets celebrate though we've gone through both good and bad times.[Papua New Guinea is for Enga.]

Kaims and pimeles: 'Peace and Happy Independence.'

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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 10 2008, 11:04:48am

Indeed a time to reflect back after the long battles of minds. What does independence mean to enga? Where will we go from here. I will tell you what I hate of the future. My grandfather has struggled under 'yes master rule', and my father has been denied of essential services and still sleeps in the same hut with swines; i sit here and continue to argue with fellow engans who are said to be intelluctual with the same struggles. 'I must say this fellow Engans I do not want my children to go through this same struggle, I mean I would't like to see engan children to go through this same struggle. But then what do we do??? I believe it is time for engans to say we want to work for better enga and come together as one. "Can we all say we want a better enga for our children", if so, lets put all difference aside to work for the good of Enga.

I would like to get like minded engans if not all who are able and have a meeting with our MPs and show our undivided support to build enga for our children. My plead to fellow engans is that we start now or we could be a wasted generation of mere talking.

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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 10 2008, 12:31:36pm


Good piece of mind. This is what I always have in my mind, "My Kids!!!". Very young and just getting to discover what the world is. Don't know what their future destinations are. But it is I who determines what is good for them.

Something we should think about as individuals, to change our personal attitudes and to come up together to build a positive Enga Culture.

I'll think about it tonight.


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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Fri, Sep 12 2008, 04:02:52pm

so many things in life and have managed to live through. should have a quite beer with a stranger in rememberance and retrospect.

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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 15 2008, 10:31:33am

Good morning and happy day to all engans

* will have a quite beer with a stranger who even doesn't know what PNG is and even doesn't know where PNG is? I hope it is quite sad but will drink a beer in retrospect of 33rd Independence for PNG. [Likely, a Morobe friend brought me six pack White Can (from PNG) still in stock for tomorrow]

** Wishing that all Engan families have a good evening family dinner; have some fun and please keep our heads upright and plan to move forward. [All engan families should increase saving up to 2/3s of your total dsiposable income]

***All the single engans, please do not get much crazy with fun; get a fellow engan either a brother or sister and have a beer/dinner/fun tomorrow night. Study hard, play hard, worker harder and live hard. Keeps you stronger.

A call from a stranger but a kaim/pimelek.

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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 15 2008, 10:36:45am

kaim laso,

should catch up with you at the commoner's place or at the high commission building. give me a call.

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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 17 2008, 11:48:34am

Some comments on an article in the Post Courier newspaper for your good reading.


An article from today's postcourier newspaper.

I have made several commentaries in this forum regarding construction and sustenance of a vibrant engan economy.

-the economy (engan) needs strong physical infrastructure development in all districts equally.
-in this capacity, the economy be linked to the momase region of the country by an enga-sepik highway to increase supplies of essential goods at comparatively lower prices than those from morobe province.
-the economy be linked to the southern highlands to pull in the big demand market to the economy.

-the provincial government should increase financial resources to the economy especially in the agricultural sector such creation agricultural banks to make available credit funds.

-law and order be the biggest social sector priority of the provincial government.
-increase community police services to all districts and subdistrict levels.
-increase rural community court systems to ensuring that routinely local courts counsels are conducted to solve issues. This service should be secondary to the traditional courts system of the villages.
-introduce provincial rules and regulations to penalize the the guilty with harsh penalties

-the provincial government should introduce and encourage programmes to illiterate adult population to accept all the good modern cultures and abandon some of the local cultures such as tribal fights; the modern procedural process of court system.
-the provincial government should bring in the provincial radio stations to run such essential programmes.

-the provincial government should introduce the town council authority system in all districts.

-the provincial government introduce programes and uphold continued assistance to support the econ-tourism in the economy.

-above all, the political system in the province should be structured by by-laws to enusre greater political stability.

-the provincial government should be a political entity not for the governor but for all; the governor and all the open electorate members contributing to determine the political governance of the province.
-greater degree of political intergration and cooperation betweeen the provincial government, the district political structures and the rural/local political structures.
-introduce of rules and regulatons to make the all intergrated political structure of the province accountable, tranparency and accessible by all people in the province with no bias.

A better way to do business
PAPUA New Guinea celebrates 33 years of independence today. Over the past 33 years, PNG has grown and developed into an economic force in the Pacific and we have the capacity and potential to be a leading nations in the Pacific.
We are experiencing an economic boom through the development of our natural resources that should continue for many years to come and with proper management and good governance by the government in power and the bureaucracy, the people should receive the benefit of an unprecedented period of growth. There is no reason Papua New Guinea cannot be an independent nation that is not reliant on aid and assistance from other nations.
A recent survey by the United Nations rated PNG at 95 overall out of 181 nations surveyed in the ease of “Doing Business”. Our rating against our Pacific neighbours, who had undertaken significant economic reform, was poor. PNG has undertaken no reforms in the categories identified by the survey. This is disappointing given the current unheralded period of political stability and a Government, which has the peoples’ mandate to act. Bright spots in the report were our rankings in the “protecting investors “ category, where we ranked 38/181 and “employing workers” where we ranked 31/181. However, there is clearly an urgent need, firstly, for the Government to acknowledge our deficiencies in our regulatory services, and secondly, to take any necessary initiatives to work towards resolving the problems. We should avoid the temptation to “shoot the messenger: and approach such criticisms in a mature, positive and constructive manner. We could do much better if the government made “doing business in PNG” much easier for overseas and current domestic investors.
The Government needs to “urgently” co-ordinate a complete review of our regulatory services and unite government and business representatives as a working group to address all the issues that create impediments to doing business in PNG. The business sector would gladly work hand-in-hand with the Government to rectify the problems, and the various Chambers of Commerce in the country would certainly support any steps taken.
We have had a stable government in place since the 2002 elections and this has certainly been a factor that has contributed to our economic development and also to improving our international image. Over the years PNG has been very reliant on donor funding, in particular from Australia. Eventually aid providers will want PNG to be financially independent – the Government has to develop a longer-term strategy so the people of PNG can stand on their own feet and not look to “Big Brother” nations for support.
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce recently held a members forum, which was attended by representatives of both the businesses sector and representatives of the National Capital District Commis-sion. The NCDC responded well to criticisms and suggestions offered, and the Governor has agreed to work with the business sector to address and resolve the issues discussed at the meeting. The Gov-ernor is to be congratulated for his positive and proactive approach.
PNG has developed as a nation since 1975 and with the promise of significant revenue from the LNG sector PNG has the potential of dramatic improvements in infrastructure, health services, law and order, and, in particular, the public service so we can move forward and become a fully independent nation with a strong voice in the Pacific, and the world.

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[> Subject: An article worth reading by all engan women and girls

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 17 2008, 11:54:08am

An article worth reading by all engan women and girls. A good reading for the men too.

Encouraging and support engan women and girls to excel in all sectors of the engan economy and outside of it too.

Post Courier, Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Rooney recalls first time as a jail bird

On September 11, 1979, 29 years ago, Nahau Rooney, Justice Minister then was jailed at Bomana for contempt of court.
This was front page news. The first PNG women minister jailed only four years after PNG’s independence.
Last Thursday (September 11), Mrs Rooney told the Post-Courier she recalls crystal clear the events of that day.
“I sat before a Supreme Court panel headed by the then Chief Justice William Prentice who ruled that I was guilty of contempt of court in relation to the case of the deportation of the then University of PNG lecturer Dr Ralph Premdas. I was shocked. I did not think this would happen,” she said.
“I was escorted out of the courthouse by three policemen while my husband walked at my side. I will never forget that day. I felt stripped off my pride and dignity, my rights as a normal citizen. I felt so degraded to be jailed. I was taken to Bomana jail and given two used blouses, skirts and underpants worn by a former prisoner,” she said.
The Chief Justice ordered Mrs Rooney to eight months imprisonment at Bomana for contempt of court.
It was over the case of Dr Premdas — who was a political lecturer at the UPNG. The then Somare government of which Mrs Rooney was cabinet minister believed.
The court had ordered her arrest after she wrote to the Foreign Affairs Minister to deport Dr Premdas when the court had advised otherwise.
She claimed Dr Premdas, an expert academic on contract to the university, was involving himself in politics by advising the then Deputy Prime Minister Sir Iambakek Okuk to overthrow the Somare government in a vote of no confidence.
Mrs Rooney demanded his deportation, however, was jailed because of that.
She was released 24 hours later when Sir Michael, the then Prime Minister used his discretion to order her release from prison.
Just last Thursday, Mrs Rooney was appointed one of the commissioners of the Accidents Investigation Commission.
She said she is happy and honoured to serve on the commission but she said the September 11 event will always a be a significant day in her life.
“I was jailed on September 11, 1979, the September 11, 2001 was the tragic twin towers bombing in New York and today September 11, 2008, I have been appointed a commissioner,” Mrs Rooney said.
“I believe and am proud to say despite the experience 29 years ago, I never lost my pride and dignity as a woman and citizen of this country.
“I will continue to strive for the progress and prosperity of this country as I have done since independence.”

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[> Subject: Re: Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province

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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 17 2008, 12:03:34pm

A challenge to the people of Enga, Governor, and all open electorate members to END this bloody Tribal War once and for all.


Rakamanda ravaged by tribal fights

Nine people are alleged to have been killed and properties worth hundreds of thousands of kina were destroyed in a massive destruction in two tribal fights in Enga Province.
The nine people were killed in the lower Lai area of Kompiam and many others received bullet wounds while more than 100 houses were burnt down, numerous domestic animals, coffee plots, food gardens, trees and cemeteries near the double bridge near Rakamanda were damaged by a victorious group last week.
The whole of the western end of Wapanamanda District to parts of Wabag is bare like a cattle range after years of fighting among the local tribes.
The only village existing is Birip right in the middle while massive destructions over time began from both sides of the Lai river from Yaipos where the Amapiyaka International School is to Rakamanda — a distance of about 20km.
The double bridge along the Highlands highway in Rakamanda is a dangerous spot with police and the warring tribes having exchanged gun fire.
Last week, one of the group stormed the opposition territory, chasing them away and completely ravaging the entire village.
The victors had chopped down causarina trees and were selling them at very low prices along the highway.
The battle in Kompiam has ravaged across the Western Highlands border into to Baiyer.
Highlands divisional police commander Simon Kauba yesterday said a mobile squad unit from Wabag went into the area and was monitoring the situation.
Mr Kauba appealed to leaders to take the lead in negotiating peace and restore normalcy.
The battle, he said, was one of the longest in the region, going back for years.
“We need the support from local leaders to negotiate peace. The most affected people are women and children. The men should consider their women and children rather than killing each other,” Mr Kauba said.

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