Bougainville Freedom Movement
Thank you for remembering the great man Francis Ona [Lest We Forget: 10th Anniversary of Bougainville Revolutionary Leader Francis Ona]. A true hero and he will never be forgotten.
It was extremely sad at the time of his death in May 2005, that an autosopy was not allowed. His fellow Bougainville supporters were also not allowed to attend his funeral. The Bougainville Freedom Movement were extremely suspicious about the sudden death of our friend Francis Ona. Trying to remember back ten years ago, I must admit, I did question why Chris Uma, General Chris Uma of the Me’ekamui (Bougainville) did not speak up or out about the death of Francis Ona.
I think you should ask him Dansi.
Secondly, the “white men” who saw Francis in 2004 were from Australia and Britian, not South Africa. I will send the article from The Age newspaper below dated 7 October 2004. Why were they invited to see him? Who invited them? Were they acting on behalf of the mining company? Again, please ask those who were surrounded by Francis at the time.
The media were quick to say that Francis Ona died of “malaria”. Where did this information come from? The Bougainville Freedom Movement suspected he was poisoned.
In solidarity, peace and freedom. Lest we forget Francis Ona x
By Mark ForbesForeign Affairs CorrespondentOctober 7, 2004
A mystery Australian flight into a decommissioned airport and a journey inside Bougainville’s “no-go zone” has sparked concerns that a fragile peace in the troubled province could be shattered by conmen and carpetbaggers.
Aboard the Cessna Citation were Australian pilots Peter McGee and Andrew Reid, Jeff Richards – who claims to represent a finance company in NSW – British financier James Nessbit and, allegedly, pyramid selling scheme kingpin Noah Musingku.
The group arrived on Thursday and travelled to the disused Panguna mine, where they met the militant remnants of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, led by Francis Ona.
Mr Reid and Mr McGee are being questioned by PNG authorities, but Mr Nessbit and Mr Richards have disappeared.
PNG Police Commissioner Sam Inguba yesterday warned that the “disturbing” intrusion could undermine Bougainville’s fragile peace process.
Under Australia’s new assistance plan for PNG, 18 Australian police are now patrolling Bougainville.
Mr Inguba said authorities were told the men were invited by “the self-styled king of Papaala David Peei II” – believed to be a name used by Mr Musingku, who is wanted by authorities in PNG, the Solomon Islands and Australia for ripping off millions with spurious “fast-money” schemes.
Bougainville Governor John Momis warned that the group’s motives could be “sinister”, aimed at the rich Panguna copper mine, disbelieving claims the men were looking to fund health clinics.
From Port Moresby yester-day, Gold Coast-based pilot Mr Reid apologised for the unauthorised landing of his Cessna at the decommissioned Aropa airport.
“Forgive my misunderstanding and my obvious ignorance towards correct procedure. I suppose I was a little misled,” he said.
Witnesses said they saw three foreigners disembark from the aircraft on Thursday and head towards the rebel no-go zone around the Panguna mine, controlled by the BRA. The huge open-cut, Australian-operated Panguna mine was closed by a successionist guerilla campaign in the late 1980s.
Mr Reid said he was working for a US-based company that was funding aid projects and providing money to hospitals in the area.
PNG’s Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Sir Peter Barter, asked: “What is it that causes them to risk an illegal landing and then travel secretly into the no-go zone?”