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Alleged misuse of village funds, four village chiefs in Manokwari become the police’s target

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Village chiefs of Manokwari District took photograph with Bhabinkamtibmas members in the promotion of village funds in Manokwari Police Headquarter – Jubi/Hans Arnold.

Manokwari, Jubi – Four village chiefs in Manokwari District, West Papua Province have targeted by the police due to the allegation of village funds misuse.

The Manokwari Police Chief the Adjunct Senior Police Commissionaire Adam Erwindi declared the police have targeted four village chiefs who are alleged misusing the budget. “Four village chiefs have been investigated because they use these funds as much as they like,” said the Police Chief Adam Erwindi on Friday (23/3/2018).

He said it is the duty of the police in the villages through their Bhabinkamtibmas (division for community and security division) members to conduct escort and assistance to the community as an order to watch the utilization of state’s funds that distributing through rural budget program by the president.

“Bhabinkamtibmas members are always ready to provide monitoring, therefore the use of village funds is on target. This is what we’ve done in order to prevent the misuse of funds,” said the chief. However, he further said, if the village chiefs ‘lose their track’, they should be ready for the punishment.

“I always remind my member staffs in the villages about it. Those who are ‘out of track’ should be legally processed,” he said. But he is still reluctant to reveal the identity of the four chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Head of Community and Village Empowerment of Manokwari District, Teguh Budi Prakoso, said he already knew about the police target over the four village chiefs. “We already knew it. Beside them, there are actually some village chiefs who violated the procedure. But the most severe violation was conducted by these four,” said Prakoso to Jubi in Manokwari. 

He further said, related to the police investigation over the four village chiefs, his office will review their cooperation because they have still been given a spare period to return the money back to the state after the audit.

 “There is a target indeed, but we’ll see their cooperation. If the inspectorate and the Indonesia’s National Government Internal Auditor (BPKP) as well as the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BPK) already complete their audit, and those village chiefs can return the state’s money within 60 days, therefore we will close this case. But if they cannot, we will continue the case because it’s related to the loss of state,” explained Prakoso. (*)

 

Reporter: Hans Arnold

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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A doctoral graduate from Harvard presents a dissertation on Papua and colonialism

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Speakers when presenting materials in a discussion. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Veronika Kusumayarti, a doctoral program alumnus in anthropology from Harvard University, held a discussion related to her dissertation ‘The latest ethnography of colonialism, experience, history and political awareness in West Papua’ on Friday (8/10/2018) in Jayapura.

Joined the author, as speakers in the discussion were the rev. Dr Socrates Yoman, Papuan literary and cultural activist Andy Tagihuma, historian and lecturer Albert Rumbekwan.

In the discussion attended by some student and women activists, lecturers as well as priests, the author shared her experience in compiling research materials throughout Papua from 2012-2016. In general, her dissertation was about the history of Papuans who made the first contact with foreigners or Dutch missionaries until the integration era where Papua invaded by Indonesia.

“Until the awareness of indigenous identity was emerged from Papuans,” she said during her presentation held in P3W Hall. She further said Papuans made contact for the first time with missionaries in 1855 along with the arrival of the German missionaries Ottow and Geisller in Mansinam, while the Catholic missionaries have served in Fakfak and Merauke. “Then in 1962, the British and Australian missionaries divided their service area on the north coast which is now dominated by GKI, whereas the Catholic missionaries carried their service in the south coast area. Meanwhile, in the mountainous areas, different churches played the role, such as Kingmi in Paniai regional, GIDI and Baptist Church in Lanny,” she said.

Meanwhile, Papuan intellectual Benny Giay appreciated Veronika for her academic work. “This is an important lesson for indigenous Papuans about their history. It reminds me of my writing about people’s vote ‘Pepera’,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless

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Jayapura Deputy Mayor of Jayapura Rustan Saru (in the centre) photographed with the Chairperson of FFP II Organizing Committee Harun Rumbarar (in the right) and one of the visitors. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura City, Tuesday, 7 August 2018, visitors crowded in Lokabudaya Expo Museum Waena, Heram sub-district to attend the Papua Film Festival held by a film community Papuan Voice for three days from 7 to 9 August 2018.

A festival participant Mecky Yeimo said the films screened in the festival provide a lot of information about the land disputes between native landowners and investors. “I am happy because as Papuans we can get a lot of information about the deprivation of the rights of indigenous people in Papua,” he said.

Further, he said Papuans are commonly known for their culture of oral tradition, and the information in the films becomes an interesting issue to discuss in the future.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Pusaka Foundation Frangky Samperante, who met Jubi at the same place, said FFP is a forum where people can find out the facts that occurred in many areas in Papua. “Films can be the basis for people to make a judgment based on the information they see and hear,” said Samperante.

Furthermore, he considered this film community could become an agent for Papuans to voice their aspirations and to express their expressions. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Soedarmo: Papuan Coffee promoted in Boston and Paris

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The atmosphere of Papua Coffee Festival – Jubi / Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo said Provincial Government is going to promote Papuan coffee to Boston and Paris shortly.

He revealed this agenda to reporters when opened the Papua Coffee Festival held in the parking of Bank Indonesia. Banks, local entrepreneurs and coffee farmers participated in this event.

“So, we are not only promoting Papuan coffee domestically but also abroad. Through our partner, we will participate in a coffee exhibition in Boston, whereas in September, I am going to send a team to participate in the exhibition held at the Eiffel Tower,” said Soedarmo on Friday (08/03/2018) in Jayapura.

According to him, the taste of Papuan coffee is not less delicious compared to coffee from other Indonesian regions or even other countries, because he has compared it with others. “I have met with the former Colombian Ambassador; then we compared Papuan coffee with Colombian coffee. But Papuan coffee is still better,” he said.

In the same place, Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano claimed the municipal government is ready to support the provincial government in developing local commodities by promoting the local food in every event held by the municipal government.

“Indeed, we are not growing coffee here in Jayapura Municipality, but we are the biggest coffee connoisseurs,” Mano said. (*)

 

Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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