By PNG Echo
While corruption is a problem in PNG, the anti-corruption movements it has spawned are proving to be an even greater one.
The recent launching of a Facebook site, PNG Anti-Corruption Movement for Change (PNGACMC) gave its founders pause for thought (at least it should have) as they provided a forum for black hatred expressed in the form of threats of extreme sexual violence and torture by one contributor against another.
The threats were so horrific and disgustingly graphic that one person wrote it was
…the worse thing she had ever read on Facebook.
The founders and leaders of the group were ill-equipped to deal with this and their response was inadequate and brings into question how efficacious and controllable this movement is …and whether it should be disbanded before it causes any serious harm.
The leaders have clearly not thought through the ramifications of what they are doing. That makes them just dangerous vigilantes and zealots – one of its leaders, Lucas Kiap, has already expressed the opinion that the end justifies the means. It doesn’t – it never has, and it never will.
The threats are now the subject of a police investigation in Australia – but, of course, as they emanate from an anonymous and cowardly source, the chances of a successful prosecution are limited.
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.
Lucas Kiap, in his favour, did publish a disclaimer that sought to distance the movement from that sort of behaviour. In that disclaimer he named this writer and lawyer Tiffany Twivey Nonggorr as not being the enemy. However, I can’t recall an apology.
Yet still, the declaration started a war of words with that other ‘anti-corruption’ fighter and biographer of the infamous logger and casino habitué, Belden Namah, one Sonja Barry Ramoi.
They aren’t fighting corruption any more, but fighting each other – over Twivey Nonggorr and this writer and whether we should be recognized as public enemy numbers one and two.
Ramoi, stroking the obsession that seems to surpass all others, (even in a clearly obsessive personality) insists that we should. Poor thing – that’s one very distracted corruption fighter.
Dilu Okuk, a founder of the PNGACMC, continued the long argument (10 pages worth) on their Facebook site.
Dilu is the brother (?) of Tangil Okuk. At the time of writing NCDC MP Justin Tkatchenko was asking questions about Tangil Okuk’s land dealings in Ela Beach. Has that been sorted yet? Ah the irony!
But wait, it doesn’t stop there:
Clearly in the sights of these supposed ‘anti-corruption’ fighters is lawyer, Greg Sheppard who has become another target – a windmill, if you like, for these Don Quixotes to tilt against.
Lawyers don’t choose their clients; clients choose them. And, in direct contrast to Greg Sheppard (a bête noire of these movements) the darling, the aforementioned Belden Namah, has chosen Sheppard to defend him in his case before the Leadership Tribunal. I wonder what the Kiap’s, the Okuk’s and the Ramoi’s of the world will make of that? (Not to mention the Kramer’s, the Anjo’s, the Moses, the Reinbara’s – which I haven’t)
Coming to Namah’s defence (as she usually does) Ramoi has given Namah’s excuse for the storming of the Supreme Court (well, her excuse for him): the fact that he wasn’t alone. How ridiculous – he was clearly the ringleader. Ramoi, does not think too clearly through the fog of her many obsessions.
Yet still she tries: Ramoi is at pains to point out that Namah apologized to the Chief Justice. The implication is that all then should be forgiven.
Good luck with that because I’ve heard tell, by a myriad of sources, some from the highest echelons of PNG’s legal fraternity, that the CJ does not have a particularly forgiving nature. What’s more, the Leadership Tribunal has at least one justice sitting in judgment to determine what injury (if any) was caused to his/her formidable ‘boss’.
But really, how can one be deemed ‘anti corruption’ and also support Namah – someone who has so many serious corruption allegations dogging him?
And that’s the point: these people are not anti-corruption but merely anti-government. They are just playing power politics trying desperately to attain the moral high ground while grovelling in the gutter.
Gutter politics, gutter journalism.
For example: what possible anti-corruption purpose is served by the Fred Konga incident?
Many of the anti-corruption/news Facebook sites took a private photograph, never intended for publication and published it extensively.
It was a nude ‘selfie’. It was not pornography, just nudity, and it was not meant for public consumption.
What a totally outrageous invasion of this man’s privacy.
Ramoi invited both scorn and ridicule to be visited on this senior public servant and he got it in spades. How dare she?
I believe that Konga is suing Ramoi – another defamation case for her to add to the one of the Prime Minister.
It’s the noisy minority
Then again, what has the Finance Minister’s missing front tooth got to do with corruption fighting? PNG Blogs must know something that right-thinking individuals don’t.
But PNG has right-thinkers in abundance and there is evidence that they are just not buying all this personal slander dressed up as ‘anti-corruption’.
On Minister Marape’s Facebook page he published a smiling photograph of himself and Nixon Duban (tooth replaced, looking good). The photograph got 1070 ‘likes’ (at last count) and 108 comments, all in support of the Minister.
In contrast, the posting on PNG Blogs Facebook page – ridiculing the Minister for his missing tooth, got just eight ‘likes’ and 15 comments, most condemning the tone and subject of the post. One commenter asked:
Don’t you have better things to do?
Defamation and abandonment
Well, Ramoi certainly does, she has two defamation cases to defend.
For this, Ramoi has turned to crowd funding. She’s hoping to galvanize her rabid supporters and vocal sycophants in a bid to raise $AU50,000 by donation to fund her defense.
But it seems that, in this, she’s on her own. They’ve gone quiet.
So far, in more than five days she has managed one donation of $30. This is despite the fact that the posting requesting the money has been ‘shared’ on 275 supporters Facebook pages and sites.
[The amount was recently lowered, of necessity, to a less ambitious $10,000]
Neither has her hero, Belden Namah, come charging on his white steed with bags full of cash to rescue her.
In fact, all through Ramoi’s considerable and prolonged support of Namah, not once has he recognised her publicly. Clearly the support is not mutual – nor does he seem very grateful. But then neither does her many supposed ‘supporters’ who have, so far, left her high and dry.
They talk the talk – and do so loudly, stridently and often viciously but can’t, and won’t, walk the walk.
It seems to be an established paradigm – I mean, how many supporters did the PNGACMC attract to its barbeque a couple of weekends ago? From the published photos it looked to be about a dozen.
Hypocrisy is despicable – and there is malignant thread that runs through the anti-corruption movements– and it is becoming apparent to anyone with even a modicum of nous.
These people are not anti-corruption but merely anti this government – and that’s just politics.