Government Misled: Momis Lashes Out at Bougainville Ministers

ABe President John Momis has lashed out at two Bougainville Ministersof State inthPNG Government.


This follows criticism bythe two ministers aboutthe Autonomous Regional Government not acquittingthe use of 100 million kina in infrastructure development grants given bythPNG Government.

Mr. Momis saidthe two are giving misleading information tothe government on howthe funds were used.


President John Momis met with Journalists in Port Moresby this Tuesday.


He called for an understanding fromthPNG Government that Bougainville is still recovering from psychological trauma inflicted bythe civil war.


Therefore,the funds cannot be used solely for infrastructure development but for the overall peace building process.


“Ifthe Prime Minister doesn’t agree thatthe funds should be spent on our priorities,then it needsthe two governments to sit down and reach an agreement on which project should be funded,” said Momis.

As far as Momis sees itoBougainville bank rolled Papua New GuineaIndependence whenthe Panguna Mine was in operation. He saysthe leastthe government can do is paythe outstanding 188 million kina in restoration funds.


He rebuked his two Bougainville MP’s Jimmy Miringtoro and Steven Pirika, urgingthem to givetheir acquittals before pointingthe finger at his government.


“The Ministry of Bougainville Affairs is such an important Ministry. We need somebody who has some integrity, and who has an understanding of issues surroundingthe complex Bougainville negotiations,” Momis said.

The Presidents intends to meet with Prime Minister O’Neill to tell himthe real situation onthe ground.


At this stagethe 100 million earmarked for this year has not been released yet.


Meanwhile, Mr. Momis also revealed in his governments October sitting,they will be passingtheInwardInvestment Law which will work liketheInvestment Promotion Authority, and will protect businesses like retail for to be solely for locals.

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