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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 28 2007, 11:30:54pm
Dear esteemed citizens of Lagaip-Porgera, Engans, and Papua New Guineans of the Forum;
Please do not consider the unfounded accusations of this imbecile who hides by the name "Enga Ombudsman". (After my repeated and explicit explanations, one wonders how this so-called tertiary student entered a university considering his lack of comprehension for basic reasoning.)
Here are the facts from my conversation with the Lagaip-Porgera MP and Vice-Minister for National Planning & Rural Development (Hon. Philip Kikala) on November 20, 7PM PNG time (6PM Japan time).
1) Mr. Kikala NEVER donated K5000 to Mr. Donald Kaiwi (Mr. South Pacific) at the fundraiser as the media implied. It is not surprising considering the amount of erroneous reporting committed by the media recently that they have mixed up the facts altogether. Mr. Kikala only contributed K1000 as it was the normal amount expected of all NA-elected MPs. The wealthier Minister for Works and Kandep MP Don Polye, who served as state minister for 5 consecutive years, was generous and donated the alleged amount (K5000).
2) The Department of National Planning and Rural Development would NEVER acquit funds for such non-electoral expenses relating to personal donations. Rather, the budgeted K10 million for each electorate has been allocated specifically for rural development projects. There are criterias and procedures that have to be followed before funds to the tune of K5000 can be released. Mr. Kikala, above all citizens and MPs, knows this as he was one of the engineers who created and merged the Office of Rural Development. Understanding the plight of the rural sector, he initially urged the government to increase rural development funds for electoral projects alone. K5000 is a considerable amount deserving scrutiny and due process, hence it would be IMPOSSIBLE to acquit funds for such purposes. Even if Enga Ombudsman is implying that the donation came from the MP's entire pay packet, than I would most certainly be surprised considering the accumulated post-election debts and expenses e.g. flying and shipping supporters back home.
3) Mr. Kikala understands the issues affecting his electorate and knows it is one of worst electorates in the province and country in terms of social unrest, rising HIV/AIDS cases, lowest literacy rating, poverty, etc.. And he has already developed a 5 year plan which includes a 24-hour HIV/AIDS counceling clinic to be based within the premises of the Laiagam-based Niungu Hospital and Paiam Hospital (via PJV assistance), and the facilitation of police in the electorate through housing, vehicles, patrol expenses (fuel) and weaponry not to mention the return of Laiagam High School, a hyrdo-plant and pyrethrum factory. Mr. Kikala has even begun to address the issues by being physically present to thwart tribal wars in Laiagam (i.e. Wapan tribal dispute) and ordering the Enga Provincial Government to revoke all liquor trading licenses in Porgera.
* None of the current Engan MPs will ever assist the UPNG Enga Students' Association because past experiences have shown that there is lack of accountability and abuse of funds. I even doubt if Enga Ombudsman and his cohorts will recieve a vehicle as promised to the association by the Hon. Don Polye. Hence, I have personally taken the matter up with the Member. I would hope that other concerned MPs would follow suit. Since 2007 is on the verge of expiry, my plan is to have a UPNG Lagaip-Porgera students' HIV/AIDS awareness campaign commencing in Christmas 2008. There will be two teams based in Laiagam and Porgera respectively. They will be attached with the Laiagam and Porgera District Administration offices. We will also seek partial funding from PJV for this worthy exercise. I commend Enga Ombudsman for this idea, however, I will not involve the ESA has that will be a matter for each respective electoral MP to take up the cause. The open MPs are loners and do not function together on such matters (HIV/AIDS) inflicting the province, however, I would especially hope that Enga Governor Peter Ipatas may contribute to this umbrella students' association (ESA) at UPNG representing Enga.
* If you still feel the pains of being rejected by our Engan MPs, I would urge you to keep trying to seek funds from other sources such as notable Engan individuals, business houses and companies throughout Enga (e.g. PJV) or the National AIDS Council, Department of Health, etc. However, I challenge you to get the facts straight before running your mouth. You are in a better position to find out the facts for yourself in Port Moresby. Please let this be the close of discussion. Going further would only bore all other valued visitors of the Forum! Let us discuss more worthy issues..
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