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Subject: Re: My response to the Keaster


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Keaster
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Date Posted: Tue, Aug 22 2006, 05:35:25pm
In reply to: Kiak 's message, "Re: My response to the Keaster" on Tue, Aug 22 2006, 03:21:13pm

Kiak, you just don't understand what Iam saying. Your governor has contributed next to nothing in national politics in 10 donkey years. Can you tell me one thing he has contributed at that level? Paying school fees is a one off thing every year for the few fortunate who go to school. All the erection of school buildings in Enga are done by Panda builders in association with Niugini builders. You dont develop a province or society by creating an elite educated class who are not in touch with the mass populace. You know what you and your governor should do, and let me remind you, it starts from the smallest and least thing to the highest.
-clean up wabag town
-create markets (provincial and national) for cash crop growers
-maintain roads
renovate aidposts and health centres
My friend, the list goes on.....

Only when you can do the smallest thing can you do the big and the impossible. Dont give me the bull shit about some town councillors and what not for not doing their jobs. You are the man in charge, where you see inaction, you have to demand action. Your backyard must be clean before you talk about running the nation. You have huge potholes right in the middel of the road that leads to your castle, the greenhouse. One question Kiak, do you and governor want to fix this problems when you become PM and not while you are governor. Let me remind you that your dreams are just that "wishful dreaming" for a better son of Enga will one day become PM.

You know what Sam Able has done in his Just 1.8 years after his by-election victory? He has solocited government funding to seal the whole of Wabag township for 3.6 million Kina. But this is not about Mr Abal, whose worths are yet to be proven. This is about your so called action governor who has done virtually nothing in 10 years. You and your likes can convince the mass illiterate of Enga with your so called 'smoke and mirror'type propaganda of development, but you will not sell to the 'truely concerned' who know the truth. Fortune has come your way, so do enjoy your last days in the seat of power for one day justice will be done and the real Enga will arise to take its place in PNG. For the moment, it will not come from the likes of your corner.

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Fr. Robert Laka
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Date Posted: Wed, Aug 23 2006, 12:11:20am

My Brother Engans: Sakait Kiak and Concern Engan.

Taking into consideration, what you have exchanged over regarding what has been done and what has not been done by a leader, based on their performance record, I wish to take a middle stand and share my opinion on WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE and WHAT OUGHT TO BE DONE by a leader.

I have shared my reflection on the free education system as one of the areas that needs evaluation in terms of expenses of the Engans for the Engans. Well, this is ONE of the many development priorities an elected leader OUGHT to do. A basic human right is worth spending for, but that spending needs to be monitored and evaluated for proper accountability. As I said, every toea counts. If other developed countries can do it, why not we, who strive for excellence, do it. We canít simply say, itís impossible. Nothing is impossible if the records are straight.

However, since your opinions are based on developmental issues, I would think of two complimentary aspects of development: 1. development in terms of INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and 2. INFRASTRACTURAL DEVELOPMENT.

Integral Human development includes a personís physiological, psycho-emotional and intellectual development with of course spiritual development. Education as an element of growth becomes a key factor for an Engan to grow intellectually to contribute to the infrastructural development of Enga. The governor had prioritized so, (though with ill advice) to avail the intellectual development to the selected few. In this stance, I agree on principle with the Sakait Kiak; indeed, a professional Engans contributes well and professional ideas for the development of Enga.

However, 10 years had been a long futile time spent with very little achievement, at least some evidence of rural development scheme that would encourage the rural farmers to produce something for and at the provincial level, however, nothing as reached that paradigm. For instance, we had Enga Vegetable Deport was in operation for some times but donít know what happened. That would be a venue for our local farmers to sell their products that would then be sold to PJV for instance or other possible markets venues like nearby schools and hospitals. However, I have not seen that so far. (I remember bringing the tones of vegetables and fruits from Wapenemanda to give them to the hospital in Yampu every month). The Radio Enga is another instances, that would transmit relevant social, political and economical issues pertaining to development matters, but KBM has no voice now, as far as I know. I might be wrong, please correct me. The other would be the telecommunication system that would enable the flow of information for dissemination in the business and administrative environment. Enga has enough high mountains and a dream to host a transmitter tower to have the network linkage easier seems impossible. The famous ďsystem i daunĒ in the banks remains an everlasting phenomenon, with many Engans becoming victims of crime when they travel back and forth to do business in other centers.

On the other hand, the basic key to attain development at any level is still lacking. There are no feeder roads that would have access to all our subsistent farmers to market their products, which includes coffee. Roads at Kompiam, Ambum, Tsaka Valley and some outstations of Kandep and Alukuli are in dire stage. My recent pastoral visit to these places was a big sigh. I am not including the township of Wabag, which has been a slap on the face. (Thanks to Sam to seal the vicinity). But these feeder roads of the districts are essential basic linkage that would have the Engans have every access to their lives in terms of services. This is what development is. The busy they are with their products at different markets, the peaceful Enga would be and the educated Engans showing the path to prosperity. This is possibility and is attainable. If others can do it, we can.

Let we forget that, today, information, knowledge and participatory processes of social change are essential to development if the Leader is willing to lead Engans to respond to both opportunities and major challenges of the coming century.

Fr. Robert Plews Laka (Tsikiro, Ambum Tange)
Slovenia - Europe

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