The National, Monday 06th August 2012
BELDEN Namah claims that he is a young vibrant leader and promised to fight corruption.
He also said that he and Jerry Singirok saved Bougainvilleans from a supposed genocide.
Namah said he would allocate K30 million for the recent election and bought his own plane to campaign.
To clear the air of suspicion, I urge Namah to tell Papua New Guineans how he made his money and whether he paid taxes.
He must share with the people how he made his money so that we can also learn to make a lot of money.
Namah told his supporters that he was jailed for six years for saving the people of Bougainville.
He claimed Sir Julius Chan had made a decision on May 27, 1997, to import African mercenaries to wipe out Bougainvilleans.
As the captain of the special forces unit during that time, he had used his power to “close parliament” for the safety of his people and was jailed.
During the Sandline crisis, reporters called Sandline personnel murderers, etc.
The question is why would Sir Julius or anyone commit genocide and be branded as a war criminal?
Sir Julius would have been charged with crimes against humanity and, as a war criminal, he would have lost everything and gained nothing.
Remember, the general election was around the corner.
Was there a cover-up of a mutiny?
What was the truth behind the mutiny?
Maybe getting information from the Australian, US and British governments under freedom of information can shed light on the real reason behind a military mutiny that blemished the name of the PNG Defence Force.
Was the media at that time fair and balanced?
If not, why?
Was politics one of the reasons?
Were there other reasons?
It is on record that Sir Julius, who was in charge of the PNG military, intervened in the rebellion in Vanuatu.
He could have had the rebels killed but did not.
There was no loss of life.
That was a remarkable achievement of the PNGDF which should be remembered every year.
Namah must remember: Judge not lest ye be judged.