B’ville community in Lae attends awareness


AN awareness programme on the proposed referendum for the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) was held for three nights in Lae two weeks ago.
It was attended by Bougainville people living in Morobe.
The programme was conducted by AROB vice-president and Referendum Minister Patrick Nisira along with James Tanis.
Tanis is the former president for AROB and is now the secretary for the Referendum-Veteran Affairs and Peace Department in the AROB government.
The awareness saw a committee of Bougainville Outside Bougainville (BOB) put in place, with Bougainville Community Lae Committee (BCLC) chairman Fred Mirinu spearheading the group.
Tanis told The National that the awareness was to get the information across to Bougainvilleans and friends of Bougainville living around the country and overseas about the referendum scheduled for June 19, 2019.
“We do not want to see what happen to countries like Timor Leste and South Sudan. Our people have experienced loss of lives and properties in the Bougainville conflict and we do not want to see that happen,” Tanis said.
The Lae BOB committee members are Mirinu (chairman), Francis Kisu (North Bougainville), Joe Bade (Central Bougainville), Junior Tumare (South Bougainville), Clerence Kekerea (Nissan/Atolls), Celine Yep (women), Philemon Korake/Donald Bongbong (church), George Lalaoia (PLWD) and a student rep either from the University of Technology or PNG Polytechnical Institute.

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