Conflict Resolution Budget Axed, Other Funds Trimmed

Paniai regent Hengky Kayame - Jubi
Paniai regent Hengky Kayame – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Paniai regency has been forced to cut funding from other programs to completion, when conflicts occur in the administration area.

Paniai regent Hengky Kayame said the central government needs to make special budget rules on conflict resolution.

He said there are some conflict-prone regions in Papua including Paniai region.
“Though we do not have budgets for conflict resolution, we have to provide compensation to the victims’ families and to bring the investigation team of Jayapura and Jakarta for the case of the shooting that killed civilians in Paniai, “Hengky Kayame said in Jayapura last week.

According to him, due to the lack of a special fund, it was forced to take the budgets of other programs for financing. He said, the central government should pay attention to it, and make the regulatory budget in areas prone to conflict resolution.

“Where can we find financial resources, if they are not taken from other activities? Therefore, there should be some sorts of regulation. When he met the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) sometime ago, I’ve told them to convey the President about it, “he said.

On one occasion, the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe said, payment of fines head (customary fine) to resolve the conflict, in case of disputes between citizens in Papua should not be a tradition.
“Pay the head should not be a tradition, because payments head never solve the problem. Local governments will not participate on it, “Lukas Enembe said at that time. (Arjuna/ Tina)