Monday, April 2, 2018

1) Indonesia says 1 soldier killed in Papua clash


2) Customary community welcomes Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship crews

3) Jayawijaya students held a protest asking for local government’s attention
4) Alleged misuse of village funds, four village chiefs in Manokwari become the police’s target
5) West Papua provincial Kesbangpol officer determined suspect by district attorney for corruption

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1) Indonesia says 1 soldier killed in Papua clash

April 02, 2018 01:19 AM
Updated April 02, 2018 01:20 AM

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2) Customary community welcomes Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship crews

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Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s Captain Hettie was fitted with the customary ornaments by a customary villager of Kampung Isiaman, Edera sub-district– Jubi/Frans L Kobun
Mappi, Jubi – The villagers of Kampung Isiaman of Edera sub-district, Mappi district welcomed the 15 ship crews of the Greenpeace’s Raibow Warrior in a cultural ceremony.  
The ceremony, in which the ship’s commander Captain Hettie, a crew Rob Taylor and Papua Greenpeace Indonesia Forest Campaign Officer Charles Tawaru who represented the Greenpeace, was took place on the board on Thursday (29/3/2018). Some representatives of local community gave them the traditional ornaments to be worn in the ceremony as a symbol of their acceptance.
The Vice Regent of Mappi District Jaya Ibnu Su’ud, the Mappi Regional Secretary in-charge Vincentius Dambayan and Mappi Police Chief the Adjunct Senior Police Commissionaire I Gusti Agung were also attended the ceremony.
“On behalf of all ship crews, I extend my gratitude to the government and local community who have welcomed us nicely in the Asmat water,” said the ship’s commander Hettie, which translated by Achmad Saleh Suhada, the Deputy Head Forest Indonesian Campaign.
On this occasion, the vice regent said every new comer would be customarily greeted. This is a commitment of Mappi people in welcoming those who come to their area, including these ship crews who come from 30 different countries. Further, he explained about the vision of local government towards the investment of oil palm plantation, especially when the investment in a large scale is not needed. The local government has an initial commitment to protect and maintain some part of green areas in Mappi District, and this will keep well maintained.
In addition, he said, the local government has worked together with the Peatlands Restoration Agency to restore the 12 thousand hectares of peatlands forest that was burned in 2015. “We have the same commitment as Greenpeace to protect the environment,” he said.  (*)
 
Reporter: Frans L Kobun

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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3) Jayawijaya students held a protest asking for local government’s attention
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Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of Jayawijaya students, the occupants of Nayak Dormitories and Woman Dormitory in Jayapura City held a protest at the Abepura traffic light. The protest that was lasted about 30 minutes was to obtain the attention of Jayawijaya local government.
“We have to go on the street in order to raise funds, as well as to criticize Jayawijaya local government,” the protest coordinator, Wempi Asso, told reporter in Abepura on Wednesday (28/3/2018).
He said the protest was held because students dormitories, including Nayak I, II, III and woman dormitory, no longer have the electricity power and clean water. “The National Electricity Company has cut off the electricity power and the water bill has not been paid to the Regional Water Supply Company since 11 years,” told Asso.
The students accused the Jayawijaya local government for not paying attention to the students who live in the dormitories. It is noticed that both electricity and water bills reach Rp 15 million.
“Officer has cut off the water pipe due to the debt that has not been paid since 2011. It’s similar with the electricity bills for Nayak II and Nayak III dormitories,” he said.
According to him, this problem has been discussed several times with the representative of Jayawijaya local government, but there is no fixed answer. They even have tried to talk with the Head of Public Service of Regional Secretariat. Unfortunately, the head is currently on vacation to Biak.
The Chairman of Jayawijaya Students, Jonni Alua, warned that the students would do a rally and block the cargo service to Wamena in the Sentani Airport if the local government does not response this issue.
“We are just like a ping pong ball. The Regional Secretariat of Jayawijaya told they have budgeted some funds and distributed it through their representative in Sentani, but there is no transparency from them,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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4) Alleged misuse of village funds, four village chiefs in Manokwari become the police’s target
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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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5) West Papua provincial Kesbangpol officer determined suspect by district attorney for corruption

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Manokwari, Jubi – Manokwari District Attorney determined a member of the National Unity and Political Office (Kesbangpol) of West Papua Province as a suspect of the alleged corruption case on the publication budget of special-provincial regulations and the establishment of selection committee of candidates for West Papua People’s Assembly for 2017/2022 period. The suspect, known as WW, was alleged to corrupt his office budget for 2016 that worth of Rp 1.9 billion.
Muslim, the Head of the Special Crime Section of Manokwari District Attorney, said after today final investigation, six persons, including WW who were previously examined as witness, have determined as the suspects.
“Five witnesses have been examined since 10.00 a.m of Papua time, while WW was questioned after that. His status then changed from the witness to be a suspect,” said Muslim on Monday, (26/3/2018).
He further explained the attorney office estimated that the state has lost Rp 600 million of Rp 1.9 billion Kesbangpol office budget for 2016 in this corruption case.
 WW is known as the Head of Sub Division for the Cultural and Political Education and Electoral Facility in Internal Politics Division at West Papua provincial Kesbangpol office. He was also the secretary of selection committee of candidates for the West Papuan People’s Assembly for 2017/2022 period.
Jubi observed that WW has been questioned since 13.00 to 17.30 p.m of Papua time. Then he was taken to the Correctional Institution Class II B Manokwari as a prisoner of the district attorney office. (*)
 
Reporter: Hans Arnold
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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