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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
In reply to: larsen 's message, "Independence: Wishing All Engans both in and Out of ENGA Province" on Wed, Sep 10 2008, 09:11:49am

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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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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