The Kwamki conflict, missinterpretation of tribal war

Caption: Illustration of conflict in Kwamki Narama, Mimika District, Papua Province. – Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – The elected legislator from Meepago customary area, John NR Gobai, gave his response to a conflict between villagers in Kwakmi Narama, Mimika District, Papua that has been occurred for several years.

He said this is not a tribal war. The terminology should be corrected, so people would stop to consider it as a conflict between one tribe to another. In a tribal war, he said, it is extremely not allowed to kill or even injure children, women or the elderly. Besides, a tribal war will be definitely started with a customary ritual. “This is not a tribal war. Please do not be misunderstood. There is should be something behind it,” Gobai told Jubi on Tuesday (6/3/2018).

He estimated the conflict in Kwamki that has occurred for about seven years is based on revenge or other reason. But whatever it is, he thought all of Papuans should be responsible to solve it to not be happening in the future.

“I questioned what was the intelligent done? How could they do not have any information about who’s behind this conflict? Who did supply the logistic or food supplies during the conflict?” He assumed that certain people are behind the conflict in Kwamki, because when it happened, the access to and outside of the area was closed, but the food supplies are always available. As a consequence of the conflict, people who live in the area, especially from Amungme and Komoro tribes felt uncomfortable.

He further said that one of the tasks of the Papua Governor in charge Soedarmo is to create peacefulness. Therefore, he asked him and the Papua House of Representative to form a team to solve the conflict in Kwanki. “Let’s us stop this conflict. The governor in charge, provincial legislators, regional governments and local legislators must sit together to find a solution,” he said.

Another Papuan legislator from Mimika Sub-district, Mathea Mamoyao, has a similar opinion. She thought the government, security officers and any related parties should solve up to the root of the problem. “I ask all related parties to see this conflict clearly. Bring back the peacefulness and comfort of people in Kwamki Narama,” she said.

Kwamki Conflict is becoming a business?

Mathea Mamoyao said the conflict between villagers that has been occurred every year in Kwamki Nrama, Mimika District is already becoming a business. She said it was occurred as an effect of the tradition of peace by paying ‘one head’ which value reaches to billions of rupiah.

She wants the chain of Kwamki conflict to be stopped immediately, so there are no more disputes between villagers.  Besides, she thought the ‘head paying’ system is a burden for the regional government because the money was occasionally taken from the regional budget.

“Where is the source of money to pay it? This ‘head paying’ system must be stopped because it seems to become a business opportunity,” said Mamoyao on Tuesday (6/3/2018).

She hopes the regional government to not spend the money to pay ‘the head’ to solve the conflict because this does not solve the problem.

Further, Mamayao, who is the secretary of first commission of the Papua House of Representative for legal and human rights, said there are certain parties who are behind the conflict that frequently occurred in Kwamki. Even though the conflict has occurred for months, people still had food supplies. This allegation is similar with Gobai’s. “Whereas the access in and out was closed,” said Mamayao who is a native of Komoro tribe. (*)