PANGUNA VISIT

7 12 2014

On the 4th November 2014 at 6pm I rang Meekamui Commander Moses Pipiro in Panguna that we are planning to visit Panguna on the 5th, it was a short notice but he gave us green light.
Kyle,a reporter have to pay K200 at the check point the normal fee on foreigners passing through the check point, fortunately Colonel Alex Dakamari who is in charge at the check point knows that we are going to Panguna as we had an interviewed with him at the check point in the morning hours of the 4th of November.
We told Commander M Pipiro that we would arrive around 10am local time but we arrived there a little early. When I jumped out of the truck I saw Meekamui Government of Unity vice President Philip Takau walking towards the burnt down police station told him we are here so we went to see Moses Pipiro at his resident then went down to the Meekamui main assembly hall.

Meekamui Unity Governement meeting hall

Meekamui Unity Governement meeting hall


President Philip Miriori was with his cabinet members when we walked in, he welcome us but told us he has an appointment and a truck is coming to pick him up so he will be with us for 15 minutes.
President Philip Miriori answering questions

President Philip Miriori answering questions


During the short 15 minutes interviewed his mobile rings every 10 seconds which is a bit annoying but as our arrangement was a short notice and he was a busy man we didn’t take note of it. We should not be entertained if they do not know me.
After 15 minutes of his time he left, with the question of on going hot topic by President Momis with ABG on mining he told us “NO Mining”.
Commander Moses Pipiro escorted us to the mine pit than down the tailings.
Moses Pipiro with Kyle at the mouth of the pit

Moses Pipiro with Kyle at the mouth of the pit


We thank Moses Pipiro for his time and came back to Arawa.
No garden like this would happen if the mining continue

No garden like this would happen if the mining continue


A bcl bus which was burned down

A bcl bus which was burned down


The mine pit after I return there 14 months later

The mine pit after I return there 14 months later


Down Jaba river, local gold panners

Down Jaba river,


Jaba, tailing pipe which was not use at all

Jaba, tailing pipe which was not use at all


Moses showing us around

Moses showing us around


Run down building at the cons

Run down building at the cons

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