Pacific Scoop

Former governor Momis takes on Bougainville party leadership

John Momis ... new challenge for Bougainville elections. Photo: USP

Pacific Scoop:
By Fabian Hakalits in Buka

After going through leadership and political setbacks caused by some Autonomous Bougainville Government regime members, the New Bougainville Party has appointed former Bougainville Governor John Momis as leader in a bid to revive it.

Party president Linus Sahoto confirmed that the party has been boosted by the appointment and it would help its preparations for the ABG election in March.

The party has been re-organised and says it is poised to play an important role in the development of Bougainville.

The party has Sahoto as president, Junius Kidoro as deputy president, Chris Bengko as secretary and Jerry Tunjio as the treasurer.

Other members will represent youths, the churches, women and business houses who will be selected at the next party council meeting.

Momis resigned as the Bougainville Governor to contest the 2005 ABG presidential seat but lost to the late Joseph Kabui.

The party under Momis, if elected to power, will pursue major policy initiatives to develop and pursue a government of unity in Bougainville.

The party will also pursue other major policy initiatives like good governance to fight corruption, revisit the peace process with particular reference to guns disposal, involvement of youths, women, churches and business houses in the development of Bougainville and its people, give priority to the Council of Elders as the basis for peace building, law and order and development of the people, and re-assessment of the ABG administration.

Source: Post-Courier