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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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Ambaidiru, The coffee pioneer in Papua

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Yonas Nusi showing Ambaidiru coffee – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Tabloid, Jubi – Saturday, 6 April 2018, legislator Yonas Nusi, who represents Saireri elected area, tells Jubi about the coffee plantations in Ambaidiru, Yapen Islands District.

He said Ambaidiru coffee plantations have existed since the Dutch era in 1959. “Missionaries –known as Zending—from the Netherlands first introduced coffee to the local people. In 1977, the Aimbaidiru community and village cooperatives continued to grow and maintain the plantations, and it lasted until the 2000s,” he said.

Aimbadiru coffee was first introduced to the local community by Zending Bink in 1924. It started widely planted in 1938. So it can be said that Ambaidiru coffee plantation is a pioneer in the development of coffee plantation in Papua.

Ambaidiru is a village located in Kosiwo Sub-district of the Ambai Islands in the south of Yapen Island. With 301.367 m2, it is approximately 4914 inhabitants live in this village. During the Dutch era, Ambaidiru was a centre for the production of robusta coffee, vanilla and vegetables.

“Coffee has a long story in Papua. People should have adequate knowledge to produce a product that can fulfil the market demand,” he said.

Moreover, he said that coffee should get attention as a high value and potential commodity for the Yapen Islands. Therefore the local government must support the local people by providing skills and management training on coffee production. So the Mayor of the Yapen Islands should able to listen to people’s aspiration, because of the source of community income affect the efforts of a community. “I support the provincial government’s efforts, particularly in Yapen Islands, to promote the potential of indigenous people in every sector, principally the economic sector.

However, another important is he asked are there among the Ambaidiru young people studying agricultural and plantation? He hopes they can finish their study and return to their village to manage the coffee plantation professionally.

A youth from Yapen Islands Markus Yoseph Imbiri said there are several problems concerning the cultivation of coffee in Ambaidiru Village, namely the low maintenance. “Ambaidiru coffee suffers the problem of increasing the number of coffee production because the trees have planted since the Dutch era,” said Imbiri.

Imbiri, who is also the Chairman of IT Volunteers, said several steps have done to grow the coffee. “People ask the government to provide more seeds to scale up the plantation,” he said.

Imbiri admitted that the government already established some agencies to support the local people. Some NGOs and cooperative named Coffee Agency are also there to help. “Some institutions are still active, but some are not. But the government support to revitalise the coffee plantations is very important,” he added. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengki Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Abusers against Jubi journalists will be prosecuted

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Meeting of Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar and Jubi editorial team, Abeth and the representatives of the Alliance of Independent Journalists of Jayapura City – Jubi / Yuliana Lantipo

Jayapura, Jubi – Two police officers of Nabire Police, who mistreated Jubi journalist Abraham Amoye You while covering the candidate debate of Deiyai election in Nabire on Saturday, 5 May 2018, will be prosecuted.

“These officers will be taken into the legal process relating to the act of law violation, whether it is related to the code of ethics or crime. So we put the legal aspect on the top in order to solve this dispute,” said Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 in Entrop, Jayapura.

On behalf of the Police institution in Papua, he apologises for the acts committed by his personnel against Abeth You. He also admitted that many officers still do not understand the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in doing their tasks. Therefore he will improve it, in particular about how to act to the crowd in terms of public security.

“We will give more understanding (to them)…in particular, the comprehension of SOP when handling the masses because there are usually five or ten, two hundred or even a thousand of people join in the crowd,” he said. In addition, he said, the SOP of mass security already exists, such as how to handle the big crowd, how to cope with the dispute in location. So the police officer should understand this existed SOP,” he said.

A one-minute-duration video that becomes viral in social media captured an officer hit a man who later identified as a graduate IPDN Mando Mote have proved that Provost Suryanto as a perpetrator.

Suryanto is known as Provost Unit Chief of Nabire Police. When he recognised that the journalist Abeth You recorded his act through a smartphone camera, he approached him and tried to seize his smartphone, but Abeth can take it back.

For this incident, Papua Police Chief explained that the police currently conduct an investigation over two officers in Jayapura. “But the trial seems to conduct in the city where the incident occurred. As it happened in Nabire and the Prosecutor Office and the High Court already exist in Nabire, the trial seems must be conducted in Nabire,” said the chief.

Meanwhile, Director of Jubi Victor Mambor said the perpetrators of violence could be subject to the criminal act against the law as contained in the Article 18 paragraph 1 of the Law of the Press No. 40, 1999.

Mambor, who is also a certified press expert, stated the article declares that anyone who intentionally commits an action which inhibits or hinders the implementation of the provisions of the Article 4 paragraphs (2) and (3) could be sentenced of a maximum of two years prison or a maximum fine of Rp 500 million.

“If the police want to continue this case to legal action, it should adopt the Press Law as a reference, because it is very obvious to see that the perpetrators deliberately obstructed and impeded the rights of journalist to get and disseminate ideas and information as Abeth did,” said Mambor. (*)

 

Reporter: Yuliana Lantipo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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SMP YPPGI Sentani Conduct Paper-based National Exam instead of Computer-based National Exam

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YPPGI Sentani students conduct USBN – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – SMP (Junior High School) YPPGI Sentani Principal, David Balik said his school is not able to administer the Computer-based National Exam (UNBK) due to limited facilities. As a consequence, it conducts the Paper-based National Exam (UNKP).

“SMP Haleluya Sentani will join our school for the exam. There are 70 students from SMP YPPGI and 19 students from SMP Haleluya. So, the total is 89 students, 57 boys and 32 girls. Most of them are indigenous Papuans. Only five are non-Papuans,” said Balik at his school on Tuesday (4/17/2018).

All junior high school students in Jayapura District administer the School-based National Exam (USBN) from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19. Then, they continue to conduct the Computer-based National Exam (UNBK) on April 23.

There are seven subjects tested in the USBN, and the invigilators are teachers from other schools. “The invigilators for our school are teachers from SMPN 2 Sentani. And in turn, our teachers invigilate the students of SMPN 1 Sentani. This similar way will continue for the following exam,” said Balik.

At the same place, SMP Haleluya Principal, Jonah Lasol said this is the first exam for his school. “This would be our first graduate. They are 19 indigenous students. We do not build a high-standard school, but it’s more accommodating the students’ need,” he said.

He expects the government will give more consideration in promoting education in the land of Papua because it helps people to achieve a better life. “I always tell my students that you are the future leaders of this country, and every inch of your contribution is gold. Although it’s only a few of number, they will stand for this country,” said Lasol. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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