Ex-combatant Moses Pipiro is on the payroll of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, getting paid big bucks to publicly support the President, John Momis, and his economic plans – which include re-opening the Panguna mine (see news story below).
Do Mr Pipiro’s old comrades know about the tens of thousands of Kina he is getting paid by the ABG?
MEEKAMUI SUPPORTS REFERENDUM
By Tom Kathoa | New Dawn
Leaders of the Meekamui Defence Force have declared their full support for the referendum’s program.
Commander of Meekamui Defence Force, Moses Pipiro told a recent meeting on the preparation of referendum that his organization fully supports the move and has thrown its weight behind the government’s move.
Meekamui had traditional control over the giant Panguna Mine and has once been seen as an obstacle to peace in the region.
However, this is now not the case and, Mr. Pipiro said it needs the full support and cooperation of all factional groups and individual Bougainvilleans to join hands and walk the part to referendum and eventual independence.
During a meeting with a small delegation from the Referendum Office, Commander Pipiro presented to them a five member Meekamui Working group tasked with producing a Meekamui schedule for awareness, reconciliation and weapons disposal.
He agrees that Bougainville must be free from fear of guns and that Bougainville badly needs a massive economic boost to fund its government operations.
Mr. Pipiro says the Meekamui Defernce Force is in support of the ABG to enable Bougainville to achieve it commitments to the Peace Agreement and for a free and fair conduct of the referendum vote every single Bougainville.