Campaigners human rights challenged by government and mining company in public forum

George Ireng, the  kid from Madang who has  become  an ever deepening thorn in the side of  MCC, the Chinese government company that owns the Ramu Nickel Mine, has again made the developer and the PNG government uncomfortable.

Real leadership needed as Papua New Guinea in African Tube

By James Wanjik

When Ghana gained independence Africa celebrated. Colonialism could be removed. The celebration was short lived. Then new form of colonialism crept in. It was neocolonialism. It was colonialism by Africans against Africans.

South Africa had apartheid till 1990. Congo had no government for years. Somalia has no government with pirates running riot in Somali waters. Nigeria has civil war in the Niger delta where oil is produced and exported.

Kapris videos available on line

Update 6 May: The Kapris videos are back on YouTube in a new location and the links below have been updated so you can view the tapes (thanks Ari for the information). 

Update 5 May: The Kapris videos have been removed from YouTube and can no longer be viewed using the links below. If they become available again we will update this page. 

$300 million pillaged in PNG graft

Rowan Callick - The Australian

A CABAL of top public servants and lawyers have hijacked Papua New Guinea’s government chequebook, plundering more than $300 million through sham compensation claims. The rorts include Finance Secretary Gabriel Yer initiating a spurious claim of $700,000 for himself and 225 people from his home village. He delivered the money to a dozen of them whom he had flown to Port Moresby, in a case containing 50-kina notes.

Action Alert - 28 April, 2010

Opposition to the so-called 'Maladina' amendments is entering a CRUCIAL stage as Parliament will sit again next week.

The amendments will change the law to weaken the powers of the Ombudsman Commission and protect Members of Parliament from possible criminal investigation for fraud and corruption.

ACT NOW! is therefore urging ALL its members and supporters to get involved and have your voice heard.

What CAN you do?

Rethinking the paradigm for infrastructure financing

A New Solution to Building Road and other Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea by NASFUND

With the growth of Papua New Guineas economy, we have seen an almost equal a reversal in the maintenance of all our major highways and roads. From the Highlands Highway to the Madang Highway and other major roads - pot holes, washed out bridges and roads in total disrepair are sadly all to common in this ludicrously resource rich democracy.

Money dished out but where is the product?

The National Government Goods and Services funding for Provincial and Local Level Government, for the 1st Quarter of 2010, has already been allocated and partially released.

It is interesting to note that the following types of grants exist and are expanded every quarter of each financial year.

Administration Grants that are used by each Provincial Governments for administrative overheads and not salaries or allowances.

Community opposition to 'Maladina' amendments growing

Opposition to proposed changes to the law to weaken the powers of the Ombudsman Commission and protect Members of Parliament from investigation for fraud and corruption is intensifying ahead of the reconvening of Parliament on May 4th.

Latest developments in the last few days include: