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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 28 2006, 05:24:47am
Bikpela amamas to the person who created this forum. Interesting issues talked. Good work, ologeta kaiminingi and pimelenge.
To Londari, you are correct, in what you have heard. Two weeks month ago, I visited Enga and I have heard rumors about a certain priest intenting to go into politics and rumors had it. People living in the remote areas of Enga, especially in Kompiam, Ambum, Keman, Maramuni, Alukuli, Paela, Tsak and other places where services have not reached them have had enough as it was told and they were asking if this is real. Yu save, tok isave pulim tok igo kam na liklik samting i save kamap bikpela samting.
Yes, people have mentioned several names. One of them was Bishop Arnold of Wabag, which he refused. I also don't think he is interested, which he NEVER WILL BE. Another mentioned was Fr. Robert Laka from Ambum, but others said he has been prepared to go for the big post at Divine Word University. You may know, he is in Europe doing his PhD. Another mentioned was Fr. Paul Kanda from Wabag town and Fr. Mathias from Londor, who now works in POM. These are the most vocal priests Enga has, besides the others.
Names are flying here and there, no big suprise. It is a number game, we will see who wins, 1,2,3.
In my opinion I would consider either Fr. Robert Laka or Paul Kanda. When I asked around, I was told that Fr. Robert Laka is young and intelligent, highly educated. I was told that he has a Bacholors degree in Philosophy,two Masters Degree , one in Adminstration and another in Theology, taken in Rome and Philippines with a Summa Cum Laude. Now he is doing his PhD in Education Communication Techonology. If he runs, he would be the hot favorite. People said that he has the charisma to speak and will power to involve people to participate in several activities. He is seen to be a visionary. Fr. Paul Kanda is PNG's first SVD priest in the Catholic Church, the first PNG missionaries to New Zealand and South Africa. He has been in the priesthood for 20 years and resigned lately. He is a charismatic person, always active as it was said. He could also be another hot favorite.
Besides all that others have said about priests getting into politics, politics is anybody's job, provided that you could give a try with enough resources. I don't give a ----- if he is a man of God or not. So long as someone has a good intention. If he wants to run, then there must be something wrong and he wants to run. He could not run for the sake of running. Wouldn't he? It is hard to find a genuine person for not every person is genuine.
Local Evaluator, Lae
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