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Momis Announces Members of Bougainville’s Third House of Representatives

by Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Autonomous Bougainville Government President, Chief Dr John Momis, says that the third House of Representatives will clamp down on corruption with the move to best possible service for Bougainvilleans.

Chief Momis made this remarks today when announcing the seven members of the Bougainville House of Representatives to the Bougainville Executive Council.

The new ministers join Vice President, Patrick Nisira, who is the new Minister for Referendum, Peace, and Veterans Affairs.

Six of the Ministers have been appointed under Section 81 (3) of the Bougainville Constitution on the Recommendations of the three Regional Committees, with the seventh Minister being the nominee of the four women Members of the House under Section 80 (1) (c).

The new Ministers are:
• Albert Punghau – Finance
• Jacob Tooke – Community Government
• Nicholas Darku – Primary Industries
• Robin Wilson – Mining
• Raymond Masono – Public Service
• Fidelis Semoso – Economic Development
• Josephine Getsi – Community Development

President Momis retains Planning as well as Inter-government Relations.

As a result of these appointments, there are five ministerial portfolios yet to be filled and expected to be announced later this week.

President Momis said he has put each of his Ministers on notice and will review their performances after the new government’s first six months in office. Any Minister who has not performed to a satisfactory level will be removed.

Meanwhile, the Bougainville Public Service will undergo serious changes to its structure in an effort to save costs and mismanagement of public funds and government assets.

The President said his next task is to revitalise the Bougainville Public Service and to ensure it is effective and efficient.

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