TARLENA CAMPAIGN 2015

12 04 2015

On the 8th of April I went down to Arawa, though it was raining I want to check with the candidates how are they going with their campaign. I sent almost 50 texts or SMS to candidates if they have any campaign line up for Thursday, Friday onwards. Unfortunately 49 sms either went missing or they don’t want to reply or they are not ready. Only one reply who says he will start in Buin South Bougainville.

Feeder road to Tarlena with potholes

Feeder road to Tarlena with potholes


I tried the Northern Region, a contact I came to know late last year. I asked her if she is standing for the election and if so may I film one of her campaign? She reply and told me NO but she is assisting another woman who is contesting the North Bougainville women’s seat. After talking with the woman’s campaign manager she text me back and told me that am welcome.
Chabai Rehabilitation Centre

Chabai Rehabilitation Centre

It was late in the evening so I rang the person I know well if he will run Arawa Buka passenger trip on Thursday. He says yes so all set to go. Thursday arrived Kokopau but they change the timing to Friday, I have to come back to Arawa and returned back to Buka on Friday 9th of April.

Dr John Momis campaigning

Dr John Momis campaigning


On the afternoon of 9th at around 1pm Dr Naomi Tulaha and her party came to pick us up then we drove to Terlena. Some 100 plus women were having a workshop at the Chabai Rehabilitation centre so it was the good time for candidates in the Northern Region to speak to a crowd. The feeder road has some worst potholes, which the women who were on the truck complained that their elected leader in the current house haven’t done anything to fix the potholes.
Women from North Bougainville Catholic Villages who were attending workshop now listening to the candidates

Women from North Bougainville Catholic Villages who were attending workshop now listening to the candidates

Chabai Rehabilitation Centre is where the women seek refuge and get counselling when they have problems of all kinds in their lives.
The campaign started with the introduction from the chairlady, introducing the candidates.

Dr Ruth Saovana Spriggs asked Dr Momis a question on mining on behalf of the women

Dr Ruth Saovana Spriggs asked Dr Momis a question on mining on behalf of the women

There were 5 candidates with the current caretaker president Dr John Momis, who talked for almost one hour plus. The others were given only 3 minutes to speak. The rest of the candidates are in Dr John Momis New Bougainville Party. Only Dr Naomi Tulaha is running as an independent candidate.

Dr Naomi Tulaha, Independent candidate for women seat in the North

Dr Naomi Tulaha, Independent candidate for women seat in the North


Astasia Lapoint Candidate under J Momis New Bougainville Party

Astasia Lapoint Candidate under J Momis New Bougainville Party


Mercilyn Getsi for Veteran seat North Bougainville under New Bougainville Party

Mercilyn Getsi for Veteran seat North Bougainville under New Bougainville Party





GENDER VIOLENCE WORKSHOP

4 04 2015

Participants on the final day of the three days Gender & Violence Workshop & Training

Participants on the final day of the three days Gender & Violence Workshop & Training


A Gender Violence workshop and training was held in Pakia Village Central Bougainville.Thirty five [35] Participants from all over the Central Region attended the workshop and training. The participants told Mekamui News that they really learned a lot and will share the knowledge with their people in their respective villages they came from.
Participants listening to Josephine Kauona

Participants listening to Josephine Kauona


Josephine Kauona thanking every participants

Josephine Kauona thanking every participants


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After the closing of the workshop when we are waiting for transport back to Arawa, Thomas Tamusio a Chief from the village was telling the participants that all the stones they were seeing at the village were not from there but was carried down the river by the big landside when they were digging the road up to Panguna which buried couple workmen and machineries.
After he finished his story I asked him if I could film him which he says ok and I did further asked him what his thoughts about reopening Panguna mine. He told me his answer is big NO, but he wants BCL to clean up the mess. The land is for gardening not mining he says, population is multiplying where will the children live and make garden up there as well as us if mining further destroys the land.
Chief Thomas Tamusio

Chief Thomas Tamusio





Ismael Toroama

3 04 2015

For the love of his motherland and the people of the land he took up what ever arms he could got hold of it to defend his motherland and the people, now living with couple of scar on his body. He is contesting the President seat in the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Government which he was the main man behind the formation of it.

Ismael Toroama the hardline Former Commander of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army told me that its now time to rise the new chapter in our island, ABG with the leadership of President John Momis have been saying that Bougainville is not Ready for Independence but Ismael and his followers says WE ARE READY.

Isamel Toroama's boys in Arawa while ready to go to Buka for nominations

Isamel Toroama’s boys in Arawa while ready to go to Buka for nominations on wednesday


Last meeting in Loloho before Buka

Last meeting in Loloho before Buka


His supporters in Uniform in Kokopau

His supporters in Uniform in Kokopau


On the boat to Buka Town for nomination

On the boat to Buka Town for nomination

5 Boats of his supporters crossing to Buka Town. During the height of the war he swam across to Kokopau with a M60 machine gun

5 Boats of his supporters crossing to Buka Town. During the height of the war he swam across to Kokopau with a M60 machine gun

Buka Twn, going to the nomination office

Buka Twn, going to the nomination office


signing the papers

signing the papers


After nomination march on the streets of Buka from end to end,

After nomination march on the streets of Buka from end to end,


Telling the people a new leadership is needed for the next five years

Telling the people a new leadership is needed for the next five years

Supporters marching behind him

Supporters marching behind him


Back in Kokopau he spoke to a crowd

Back in Kokopau he spoke to a crowd


lastly he spoke to village people in one of the village in Selau where the villages killed 3 pigs for the dinner.

lastly he spoke to village people in one of the village in Selau where the villages killed 3 pigs for the dinner.


Having dinner

Having dinner

For sure on the ground we need new leaders to take us to the next level in our journey towards our political struggle.





Connie Solomon & Graham Ravaku

31 03 2015

I found this two very interesting, Connie was a former BRA who was serving a life time in Honiara Solomon Islands fortunately was released on good behaviour and headed straight home. He told me that when he returned home he saw no anything good done happened to the Ex BRAs, he is contesting the Veterans seat in South Bougainville so he could able to bring some changes. IMG_0410

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President Momis

31 03 2015

IMG_0483President John Momis arrived a little later from Buka, and witness the nomination of his New Generation Party members and gave a few minutes talk to the crowd. His speech was on moving forward towards Bougainville Goal that is Independence.IMG_0454

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Nick Daku, Michael Oni & Joan Jerome

31 03 2015

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ABG ELECTION ON THE WAY, ARAWA TODAY

31 03 2015

It was very interesting in Arawa today, Four sitting MPs came in with lots of crowds while other new intending candidates went in silently.

First came South Nasioi sitting MP escorted by a cultural group. Ken John who told me in an interviewed that he’s confident that he will get back into the ABG next house.IMG_0239IMG_0247

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