Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: WEST PAPUAN HOSTAGES RESCUED BY SECURITY FORCES

Separatist group used hostages as human shields, physically abused many villagers and stole belongings

Mimika, Papua, Indonesia
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Member of the security rescue team take a child to safety (photo courtesy of Papua Police)


After more than a week held hostage by a group of armed individuals linked with West Papua separatist, hundreds of people were rescued by combined police and army security team last Friday (17/11).

Just after 4am on Friday, a combined security team consisting of 43 members entered Kimbely Village with the aim of securing and holding the village. At about the same time, another team secured and held Banti Village. 


At 7am, the security forces secured the villages and in the next two hours successfully secured the stronghold of the armed group.


It was reported that members of the armed group fled from the villages into the bushes and nearby hills.



Member of the armed separatist group pose with an automatic weapon (Photo: Facebook)


A political pundit, Veronica Koman disputed the account, saying that the armed group never held the villagers hostage and that the group would never harm their own brothers and sisters.

Ms Koman's comments are a stark contrast to the facts on the ground. 


Many of the more than 350 people rescued , mostly daily commuters resident of other parts of the area, recounted their ordeal to the local press and authorities:



"All of our belongings including cash, mobile phones, bags and other things were taken from us. They [the armed group] pointed their guns at us and forced us to surrender our things."

Some even lost more than their possessions:
"I saw women being dragged away by members of the armed group. The women screamed and kicked to no avail. The armed people took the women to a house. I heard the group raped the women repeatedly."

Ms Koman, a self-proclaimed human rights lawyer who claims to have "extensive working experience in the UN Human Rights Council", also disputed the fact that the armed group used arms and force in the hostage crisis. 

Her statement was made despite the fact that the armed separatist group, under the direction of Benny Wenda and other executives of the separatist mob that since 2014 are grouped in the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) is known to have employed brutal tactics in the past.



In December 1996, the Papuan separatist group abducted 26 person in Mapenduma. Fifteen were released, but 11 researchers from the multi-national Lorentz 95 Expedition were held captive. The hostages, four Britons, five Indonesians and two Dutch were held hostage for four months from 8 January to 15 May 1996. 

The Mapenduma hostages, Papua, 1996

The ICRC reported:

Among the hostages was Martha Klein, who was three months pregnant when she was captured.

In a daring and surprising raid, Indonesian special forces freed the hostages. Two Indonesians were killed during the operation: Matheis Lasembu, an ornithologist and Navy Panekenan, a biologist. Five Army officers were killed when their helicopted crashed in jungle of Geselama, Papua. 

The two hostages bled to death after being struck with machetes by Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the hostage-takers and a close confidant of Benny Wenda.

Kelly Kwalik, died in 2009 in a gunfight with security authorities.


Benny Wenda (left) and Kelly Kwalik (right)

As reported by the Associated Press and the Seattle Times, on 23 October 2017, armed West Papua separatist group killed Berry Pratama a police sergeant in Sangket, Papua. 

In the attack, Joe Hatch, an American worker for Freeport suffered a gunshot wound.



Sources reveal that Benny Wenda, the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was behind the unprovoked and barbarous attacks. 



Sources reveal that Benny Wenda and the ULMWP command armed separatist group in West Papua

On Sunday 5 November, The Jakarta Post reported that armed assailants set fire to five kiosks owned by West Papuan loacals. 


“Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Victor D Mackbon told journalists on Sunday.

No casualties were reported in this latest incident. 


Five shops were set ablaze only about 100 meters from a Police dormitory in West Papua (photo courtesy of Papua Police)

This latest attack comes after a kidnapping and raping of a West Papuan woman on 30 October 2017

Over the years, the ULMWP together with armed separatist group in West Papua have waged a brutal campaign against West Papuan civilians, government and security officers.


The Purom Okinam Wenda Group (top left). The remains of Police officer Rolfi Takubessy (above right), police station burnt by the Group (above left) and the remains of West Papuan police officer (top right)

The ULMWP is led by Benny Wenda, a fugitive wanted in connection to the murder of West Papuans Petrus Epaa and Markus Padama in Papua in December 2000. 

The ULMWP, which claims as the rightful government of West Papua, routinely direct its armed wing in West Papua including the West Papua National Liberation Army (WPNLA) and the Purom Okinam Wenda Group to kill and terrorize the residents of West Papua. This is a strategy to stoke fear and coerce support from the West Papuan people.

A West Papuan separatist group during a force and weapons parade

West Papua and Papua are two easternmost provinces of Indonesia that enjoy robust and functioning democracies that routinely elect West Papuan into top government and legislative posts. 

Some selected acts of murders widely attributed to the ULMWP (or its affiliated groups) and its armed group includes:
  • 6 civilians and police officers killed in Wasior, June 2001;
  • 3 police officers killed in Lanny Jaya, November 2012;
  • 1 health worker killed in Puncak Jaya, July 2013;
  • 2 police officers killed in Lanny Jaya, July 2014;
  • 1 priest killed in Namuniweja Village, November 2015;
  • 4 road workers killed in Sinak & Mulia, March 2016;
  • 2 teacher and road worker killed in Puncak Jaya, August-September 2016

Armed group linked to West Papua separatist group the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: IN AUDIENCE WITH POPE, PM CHARLOT SALWAI COMMITS SIN

PM Salwai breaks the Ninth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Lie

Port Vila, Vanuatu
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His Holiness Pope Francis


In a breach of Vatican protocol and a blatant transgression against divine law, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai claimed to have spoken about West Papua to Pope Francis. 

That claim however was proved to be a lie. 

The fact was, as reported by PINA, PM Salwai and a number of Pacific Islands leaders met Pope Francis in the Holy See, Vatican on Saturday (11/11). The leaders were given a short audience with the Pope who briefly shook the hands of each of the island nations' leaders.

Another fact was that Pope Francis delivered an address to the Pacific Islands leaders on the environment and climate change. 

Despite Mr Salwai's claim to have raised West Papua with the Pope, no Pacific Islands leader had the opportunity to deliver any statements during the audience with His Holiness.

It is baffling to see a Christian leader of Vanuatu, a Christian-majority country, in a rare audience with the Pope, chose instead to break the Ninth Commandment in front of His Holiness himself. 

This latest development comes on the heel of a brewing crisis in the government of Mr Salwai. Recently an MP has accused Mr Salwai of misappropriating close to two million dollar of aid money.

Just last Wednesday (15/11) Jay Ngwele of Ambae province and Vanuatu's Special Envoy on Climate Change quit in protest of blatant misuse of US$1.85 million of aid money for the residents of Ambae affected by the volcano.

Radio New Zealand reported that:

"Mr Ngwele said of the $US1.85 million dollars approved by the Council of Ministers to help the Ambae people, about half went on travel costs, accommodation and allowances for politicians, including the prime minister, and government officials.."

Mr Ngwele characterised PM Salwai as “both insulting and childish”.

PM Salwai has faced corruption scandals, defections, mutiny, serious health-scare and votes of no confidence.



PM Charlot Salwai (left) in happier times with Manasseh Sogavare, former PM of Solomon Islands who was fired for corruption


A regional analyst from a South Pacific University observed that:

"The problems facing PM Salwai government is real. The criticism laid on him has its merit, such as the corruption scandal involving aid money for the people of Ambae.

Unfortunately, rather that tackle the heart of the problems at home, PM Salwai has been doing the opposite. He is instead avoiding the problem and deflecting attention to international issues, such as West Papua.

PM Salwai's uses international platform like in the MSG, PIF and recently a meeting with the Pope in Vatican to "advocate" on West Papua.

But the truth of the matter is, PM Salwai is only advocating for his own political survival. He knows that his days are numbered. He knows that his unlawful activities will soon catch up on him. Like a cornered rat, he will bite anyone, even his fellow MP like Mr Ngwele."   

West Papua and Papua are two provinces of Indonesia that historically has been administered by the Majapahit Kingdom in the 13th century that ruled most of what is now Indonesia. In 1969, the United Nations reaffirmed West Papua as part of Indonesia.

A political analyst observed that:

"The Vanuatu PM failed to mention that West Papua exercises free, fair and open democracy recognized by the international community of nations. About 2.7 million voters routinely elect MPs and governments."

The Vanuatu PM, who has faced numerous votes of no confidence since taking office in February 2016, has often spoken about the concept of "Melanesian brotherhood" and his dream of uniting all Melanesian countries into one nation. Countries that has significant Melanesian population includes Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

South Pacific political analysts view the PM's words in the UN chamber are dangerous to the stability of the region. Joanne Wallis, an Australian analyst, has spoken of the "arc of instability" of the South Pacific.

Applying the same logic that the Vanuatu PM uses, along the lines of race (Melanesia) and human rights, other countries in the region are also threatened.

That twisted logic dictates that the Aboriginal people of Australia should be an independent nation. Bounganville in PNG and Kanak of New Caledonia should be independent. The thinking encourages for the merging of all Melanesian-populated countries into one nation by hook or by crook.

"When Vanuatu speaks about re-drawing legitimate international borders like in the case of West Papua, all it does is stokes dangerous tensions and insecurity in the region." concluded the analyst.

Armed group part of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)

Benny Wenda, leader of the ULMWP (left) and the late Kelly Kwalik, a West Papua terrorist (right)


Both Mr Salwai, the Vanuatu PM and Benny Wenda, the leader of the ULMWP clearly have no respect for the Ninth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Lie.  


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BREAKING NEWS: VANUATU PM ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION, MP RESIGNS IN PROTEST

"Childish" PM Charlot Salwai embroiled in  million-US dollar Ambae humanitarian aid corruption

Port Vila, Vanuatu
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MP Jay Ngwele (Photo courtesy of Daily Post)

In another blow to Prime Minister Charlot Salwai government, an MP from the PM's coalition resigned on Wednesday (15/11). 

Jay Ngwele of Ambae province and Vanuatu's Special Envoy on Climate Change quit in protest of blatant misuse of US$1.85 million of aid money for the residents of Ambae affected by the volcano.

Radio New Zealand reported that:


"Mr Ngwele said of the $US1.85 million dollars approved by the Council of Ministers to help the Ambae people, about half went on travel costs, accommodation and allowances for politicians, including the prime minister, and government officials.."

As reported by the Vanuatu Daily Post, Mr Ngwele was furious that PM Salwai did not even had the courtesy to include three Ambae MPs in the humanitarian visit.

“The Government did not have the courtesy to even invite us three MPs who are familiar with the situation on the ground to join the team,”

Mr Ngwele characterised PM Salwai as “both insulting and childish”.

PM Salwai has faced corruption scandals, defections, mutiny, serious health-scare and votes of no confidence.


PM Charlot Salwai (left) in happier times with Manasseh Sogavare, former PM of Solomon Islands who was fired for corruption


A regional analyst from a South Pacific University observed that:


"The problems facing PM Salwai government is real. The criticism laid on him has its merit, such as the corruption scandal involving aid money for the people of Ambae.

Unfortunately, rather that tackle the heart of the problems at home, PM Salwai has been doing the opposite. He is instead avoiding the problem and deflecting attention to international issues, such as West Papua.

PM Salwai's uses international platform like in the MSG, PIF and recently a meeting with the Pope in Vatican to "advocate" on West Papua.

But the truth of the matter is, PM Salwai is only advocating for his own political survival. He knows that his days are numbered. He knows that his unlawful activities will soon catch up on him. Like a cornered rat, he will bite anyone, even his fellow MP like Mr Ngwele."   
West Papua and Papua are two provinces of Indonesia that historically has been administered by the Majapahit Kingdom in the 13th century that ruled most of what is now Indonesia. In 1969, the United Nations reaffirmed West Papua as part of Indonesia.

A political analyst observed that:

"The Vanuatu PM failed to mention that West Papua exercises free, fair and open democracy recognized by the international community of nations. About 2.7 million voters routinely elect MPs and governments."

The Vanuatu PM, who has faced numerous votes of no confidence since taking office in February 2016, has often spoken about the concept of "Melanesian brotherhood" and his dream of uniting all Melanesian countries into one nation. Countries that has significant Melanesian population includes Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

South Pacific political analysts view the PM's words in the UN chamber are dangerous to the stability of the region. Joanne Wallis, an Australian analyst, has spoken of the "arc of instability" of the South Pacific.

Applying the same logic that the Vanuatu PM uses, along the lines of race (Melanesia) and human rights, other countries in the region are also threatened.

That twisted logic dictates that the Aboriginal people of Australia should be an independent nation. Bounganville in PNG and Kanak of New Caledonia should be independent. The thinking encourages for the merging of all Melanesian-populated countries into one nation by hook or by crook.


"When Vanuatu speaks about re-drawing legitimate international borders like in the case of West Papua, all it does is stokes dangerous tensions and insecurity in the region." concluded the analyst.

Armed group part of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)

Benny Wenda, leader of the ULMWP (left) and the late Kelly Kwalik, a West Papua terrorist (right)





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Monday, November 13, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: ARMED GROUP FORCED FREEPORT TO SHUT MAIN SUPPLY ROUTE

West Papua separatist group hold 1,300 villagers hostage, deny food for villagers

Mimika, Papua, Indonesia
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Armed group linked to West Papua separatist group the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)


After holding 1,300 West Papuan villagers hostage near a Freeport gold mine in Mimika, Papua, a group of armed individuals linked with West Papua separatist forcibly shut a main supply route to the mine last Sunday (12/11).

It was reported by Reuters that Freeport was forced to temporarily shut down the route after vehicles and staff were fired on by an armed group. 

Government authorities has started delivering food, water and other basic necessities to the villages. The delivery of food was delayed by the armed group which has blocked access to the villages and detained thousands of villagers against their will.

Indonesian online newspaper Kompas reported that the group has forced residents of Kimbely and Banti villages in Mimika District, Papua to stay in their villages and threatened with physical abuse if they dare venture outside

On Thursday (9/11) the Papua Chief of Police, Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar revealed:

"There are about 1,300 people who are being held against their will in Kimbely and Banti villages. One thousand people are believed to be locals while 300 are daily commuters who work in the local gold mine and market."

The Papua Police Chief added that the armed group took away all the belongings of the villagers. 





Papua Police Chief, Boy Rafli Amar (Photo courtesy of Kupas Merdeka)

Security authorities lead by Papua Police are reported to be taking a persuasive and preventative approach to end the hostage situation. 

This is not the first time that separatist group in Papua has used terror tactic to intimidate the local population, draw attention and steal needed supplies. 

Last Sunday (5/11), The Jakarta Post reported that armed assailants set fire to five kiosks owned by West Papuan loacals. 

“Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Victor D Mackbon told journalists on Sunday.

No casualties were reported in this latest incident. 

Five shops were set ablaze only about 100 meters from a Police dormitory in West Papua (photo courtesy of Papua Police)

This latest attack comes after a kidnapping and raping of a West Papuan woman on 30 October 2017

As reported by the Associated Press and the Seattle Times, two weeks ago, armed West Papua separatist group killed Berry Pratama a police sergeant in Sangket, Papua. 

In the attack, Joe Hatch, an American worker for Freeport suffered a gunshot wound.

Sources reveal that Benny Wenda, the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was behind the unprovoked and barbarous attacks. 


Sources reveal that Benny Wenda and the ULMWP command armed separatist group in West Papua

Over the years, the ULMWP together with armed separatist group in West Papua have waged a brutal campaign against West Papuan civilians, government and security officers.

The Purom Okinam Wenda Group (top left). The remains of Police officer Rolfi Takubessy (above right), police station burnt by the Group (above left) and the remains of West Papuan police officer (top right)

The ULMWP is led by Benny Wenda, a fugitive wanted in connection to the murder of West Papuans Petrus Epaa and Markus Padama in Papua in December 2000. 

The ULMWP, which claims as the rightful government of West Papua, routinely direct its armed wing in West Papua including the West Papua National Liberation Army (WPNLA) and the Purom Okinam Wenda Group to kill and terrorize the residents of West Papua. This is a strategy to stoke fear and coerce support from the West Papuan people.

A West Papuan separatist group during a force and weapons parade

West Papua and Papua are two easternmost provinces of Indonesia that enjoy robust and functioning democracies that routinely elect West Papuan into top government and legislative posts. 

Some selected acts of murders widely attributed to the ULMWP (or its affiliated groups) and its armed group includes:
  • 6 civilians and police officers killed in Wasior, June 2001;
  • 3 police officers killed in Lanny Jaya, November 2012;
  • 1 health worker killed in Puncak Jaya, July 2013;
  • 2 police officers killed in Lanny Jaya, July 2014;
  • 1 priest killed in Namuniweja Village, November 2015;
  • 4 road workers killed in Sinak & Mulia, March 2016;
  • 2 teacher and road worker killed in Puncak Jaya, August-September 2016

In December 1996, the Papuan separatist group abducted 26 person in Mapenduma. Fifteen were released, but 11 researchers from the multi-national Lorentz 95 Expedition were held captive. The hostages, four Britons, five Indonesians and two Dutch were held hostage for four months from 8 January to 15 May 1996. 

The Mapenduma hostages, Papua, 1996

The ICRC reported:

Among the hostages was Martha Klein, who was three months pregnant when she was captured.

In a daring and surprising raid, Indonesian special forces freed the hostage. Two Indonesians were killed during the operation: Matheis Lasembu, an ornithologist and Navy Panekenan, a biologist. Five Army officers were killed when their helicopted crashed in jungle of Geselama, Papua. 

The two hostages bled to death after being struck with machetes by Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the hostage-takers and a close confidant of Benny Wenda.

Kelly Kwalik, died in 2009 in a gunfight with security authorities.


Benny Wenda (left) and Kelly Kwalik (right)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: ARMED SEPARATIST GROUP HOLD 1,300 WEST PAPUAN HOSTAGE

Villagers held hostage by heavily armed West Papua separatist group 

Mimika, Papua, Indonesia
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Papua Police Chief, Boy Rafli Amar (Photo courtesy of Kupas Merdeka)


Armed gang linked with West Papua separatist group are holding 1,300 West Papuan villagers hostage near a Freeport gold mine in Mimika, Papua. 

Indonesian online newspaper Kompas reported that the group has forced residents of Kimbely and Banti villages in Mimika District, Papua to stay in their villages and threatened with physical abuse if they dare venture outside

On Thursday (9/11) the Papua Chief of Police, Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar revealed:


"There are about 1,300 people who are being held against their will in Kimbely and Banti villages. One thousand people are believed to be locals while 300 are daily commuters who work in the local gold mine and market."

The Papua Police Chief added that the armed group took away all the belongings of the villagers. 

Security authorities lead by Papua Police are reported to be taking a persuasive and preventative approach to end the hostage situation. 

This is not the first time that separatist group in Papua has used terror tactic to intimidate the local population, draw attention and steal needed supplies. 

Last Sunday (5/11), The Jakarta Post reported that armed assailants set fire to five kiosks owned by West Papuan loacals. 


“Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Victor D Mackbon told journalists on Sunday.

No casualties were reported in this latest incident. 


Five shops were set ablaze only about 100 meters from a Police dormitory in West Papua (photo courtesy of Papua Police)

This latest attack comes after a kidnapping and raping of a West Papuan woman on 30 October 2017

As reported by the Associated Press and the Seattle Times, two weeks ago, armed West Papua separatist group killed Berry Pratama a police sergeant in Sangket, Papua. 

In the attack, Joe Hatch, an American worker for Freeport suffered a gunshot wound.


Sources reveal that Benny Wenda, the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was behind the unprovoked and barbarous attacks. 



Sources reveal that Benny Wenda and the ULMWP command armed separatist group in West Papua

Over the years, the ULMWP together with armed separatist group in West Papua have waged a brutal campaign against West Papuan civilians, government and security officers.

The Purom Okinam Wenda Group (top left). The remains of Police officer Rolfi Takubessy (above right), police station burnt by the Group (above left) and the remains of West Papuan police officer (top right)

The ULMWP is led by Benny Wenda, a fugitive wanted in connection to the murder of West Papuans Petrus Epaa and Markus Padama in Papua in December 2000. 

The ULMWP, which claims as the rightful government of West Papua, routinely direct its armed wing in West Papua including the West Papua National Liberation Army (WPNLA) and the Purom Okinam Wenda Group to kill and terrorize the residents of West Papua. This is a strategy to stoke fear and coerce support from the West Papuan people.


A West Papuan separatist group during a force and weapons parade

West Papua and Papua are two easternmost provinces of Indonesia that enjoy robust and functioning democracies that routinely elect West Papuan into top government and legislative posts. 

Some selected acts of murders widely attributed to the ULMWP (or its affiliated groups) and its armed group includes:
  • 6 civilians and police officers killed in Wasior, June 2001;
  • 3 police officers killed in Lanny Jaya, November 2012;
  • 1 health worker killed in Puncak Jaya, July 2013;
  • 2 police officers killed in Lanny Jaya, July 2014;
  • 1 priest killed in Namuniweja Village, November 2015;
  • 4 road workers killed in Sinak & Mulia, March 2016;
  • 2 teacher and road worker killed in Puncak Jaya, August-September 2016


In December 1996, the Papuan separatist group abducted 26 person in Mapenduma. Fifteen were released, but 11 researchers from the multi-national Lorentz 95 Expedition were held captive. The hostages, four Britons, five Indonesians and two Dutch were held hostage for four months from 8 January to 15 May 1996. 

The Mapenduma hostages, Papua, 1996

The ICRC reported:

Among the hostages was Martha Klein, who was three months pregnant when she was captured.

In a daring and surprising raid, Indonesian special forces freed the hostage. Two Indonesians were killed during the operation: Matheis Lasembu, an ornithologist and Navy Panekenan, a biologist. Five Army officers were killed when their helicopted crashed in jungle of Geselama, Papua. 

The two hostages bled to death after being struck with machetes by Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the hostage-takers and a close confidant of Benny Wenda.

Kelly Kwalik, died in 2009 in a gunfight with security authorities.



Benny Wenda (left) and Kelly Kwalik (right)

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: PM OF SOLOMON ISLANDS FIRED

Vanuatu PM reported to be shocked and angry at his ally's fate
Honiara, Solomon Islands
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PM Charlot Salwai and PM Manasseh Sogavare after striking a maritime and political alliance to strengthen and consolidate their domestic political power (Photo courtesy of PM Press Secretariat)


Solomon Islands MPs has voted 27 to 23 to remove Manasseh Sogavare from office last Monday.


MPs cited lost of confidence, corruption and nepotism as the main reasons for the ouster of Sogavare who have been prime minister three times.

The move comes as Sogavare was accused of bribing MPs to support him and of the visit to Solomon Islands by long-time benefactor, the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen.



PM Manasseh Sogavare (Photo courtesy of Radio New Zealand International)

This development comes as news broke that Mr Sogavare abruptly stopped an anti-corruption bill. A law that would have enabled authorities to enforce anti-corruption measures more effectively.




Meanwhile, sources inside the Government of Vanuatu revealed that Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas reacted to the Solomon Islands news with shock, disbelief and anger.

PM Charlot Salwai is a long-time ally and friend of Sogavare. The two often meet together to talk about domestic governance and regional relations matters. 

Johnny Koanapo the Parliamentary Secretary for the PM of Vanuatu expressed support for Manasseh Sogavare and reiterated PM Charlot Salwai confidence in Sogavare.


Sogavare is an honorable person. The trumped-up charges against him will not stand in court. As long as Charlot Salwai is the PM of Vanuatu, we will stand by Manasseh Sogavare until the end.


Johnny Koanapo revealed that deep down, Charlot Salwai is afraid that the same fate as Sogavare will be handed down to Salwai. 


Look, the Government of Charlot Salwai has done good things for Vanuatu, but let's be honest, corruption is still rampant, public services still bad, infrastructure crumbling, jobs non-existent and crimes are all too frequent. 

Those domestic challenges are made even worse with Charlot Salwai receiving tens of millions of dollars from the Government of China. Some goes into development, but millions go missing to God knows where. 

Last Saturday (4/11) Mr Salwai reiterated his government's support for China:

"We are more committed to One China Policy".

The statement, the second time in just a few days was made in front of the Chinese Ambassador for Vanuatu, Liu Quan. It comes on the heels of the Taiwan's president visit to Solomon Islands and some Pacific countries.

Under the watch of Mr Salwai, his government has received millions of dollars to build the longest wharf of the South Pacific in Luganvile, the Prime Minister's Office, the new stadium to host the Pacific Mini Games and the Vanuatu National Convention Centre.

Sources reveal that Mr Salwai and Mr Sogavare often spent hours talking about ways to secure foreign money for their political survival and personal welfare.

Sogavare, "political misfortune" started when he began to pocket money his government received from Taiwan.

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Douglas Ete bluntly stated:  


"In 2015, Taiwan gave ten million US dollars to the government of Sogavare.

Sogavare used this money to bribe and co-opt his political allies and foes.

About six million of it was used to bribe fifty MPs. Less than USD700k was allocated for education and development. Sogavare himself pocketed close to one million US dollars."

The government of Solomon Islands have been found to commit many human rights abuses. The BBC reported that between 1997 and 2003, 100 people died and 20,000 people displaced on Guadalcanal. The Isatabu Freedom Movement is also seeking to split from the Solomon Islands. 

Mr Sogavare will serve another month as the care-taker prime minister until the parliament elects a new prime minister in December 2017.

Several Opposition MPs are in the short-list to become Solomon Islands next prime minister. 

Dr Derek Sikua, Independent Group leader and member for Northeast Guadalcanal was reported by SIBC to be a strong contender as Solomon Islands next PM. Mr Sikua served as Solomon Islands prime minister from December 2007 to August 2010.



Dr Derek Sikua (left) with former Australian PM Kevin Rudd (Photo courtesy of Scoop.




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