It formally ends the 10 year long tenure of John Momis. He came to wider attention in the documentary film, The Coconut Revolution, which sought to portray the BRA as a band of convivial guerrillas in pursuit of self-reliance and a return to a traditional lifestyle. 40 luxury Maseratis for PNG, but little effort put into climate... Tukuitonga goes into battle on behalf of Pacific for WHO position. There are no half-measures here.”. Toroama’s role was accepted by the international peace brokers who worked with him on the disarmament process and he acquired status by tapping the largesse they brought to Bougainville, becoming the virtual master of ceremonies at peace and reconciliation events. Wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade in 1997, Toroama later laid down his arms to help broker the Bougainville Peace Agreement that was eventually signed in 2001, and was a key advocate in the disarmament process before returning to his land in central Bougainville to grow cocoa. Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous part of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, electoral officials said on Wednesday, and is set to lead talks seeking independence. Closures, cuts, revival and rebirth – how covid reshaped NZ media... CIVICUS criticises Pacific countries over use of covid to curb freedoms, Northern Marianas gets vaccine freezers for covid-19 treatment. 20,107 – Thomas Raivet. In a journal article ‘The Gangs of Bougainville’ by Stan Starygin, Toroama was portrayed as a ‘Rambo’ . But in more recent years, Toroama, from Central Bougainville, returned to what his family has done for generations – peacefully grow cocoa. The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville - Wikipedia President-elect Ishmael Toroama after being declared the winner of the #Bougainville Presidential #election . 20,953 – Peter Tsiamalili More than 98% of voters supported independence in the non-binding referendum, but that independence now needs to be negotiated with a central PNG government reluctant to lose the resource-rich province. His victory marks a break from the current administration, led by President John Momis, after the government’s candidate was earlier eliminated in the region’s preferential voting system. “Toroama’s BRA-days notoriety, his role in the peace process, the magnitude of his post-crisis ‘economic activity’ and the possession of weapons and loyalty of the men who carry them have made Toroama a viable political force in Central Bougainville. In his campaign, Toroama stressed the restoration of law and order was a priority, and said the province’s independence question needed to be resolved swiftly. Bougainville president, and former rebel military commander, Ishmael Toroama, wants a swift resolution to independence talks with Papua New Guinea. He supports autonomy within a relationship with the national government of Papua New Guinea. Read full article. “I will stand up for independence in Bougainville… it is now time to work together.”. SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous part of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, electoral officials said on Wednesday, and is set to lead talks seeking independence. VICTORY TO THE BRA. After he was killed my dad’s brother Justine Kokiai joined the BRA and became a platoon commander of the BRA in central Bougainville but specifically in Manetai, Vito Village, Torau Constituency. What we do know is that Toroama has been an independence fighter, that a majority of the Bougainville people want independence, that the Papua New Guinea government has shown no support for this and that the epic question of Bougainville independence is one that is up for answering. Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama, who has been elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea in … Later, as he accelerates his battered 4×4 Hi-lux truck along a track more hole than road, he admits that on these training exercises he attacks his men with live ammunition. SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous part of Papua New Guinea in … President’s Ishmael Toroma’s mission to increase appreciation and recognition of the dynamic role of women have in Bougainville society. President Toroama highlighted the importance of Innovative Leadership of the Administration stating he will be reviewing and making changes if necessary. The change people want, the change people can see and feel, the change people have been crying for, the change people expect to see and the change that has never happened during the course of the first three parliaments of Bougainville”. They, Rio Tinto and BCL have been exposed. ‘Oh yes.’ ‘How many?’ ‘Twelve.’ ‘Twelve! “I offer my support to work with you to deliver on my commitments to Bougainville,” he said. But Marape’s government has been careful not to commit to granting Bougainville independence in the wake of the referendum. But we don’t yet know how this personal history will transition into how he will perform in the role of a significant Melanesian political leader. Memo NZ: ‘Get on the right side of history’ over West... Police, TNI raid Papuan secretariat in Merauke – 14 activists arrested, Pacific Media Centre founder takes on new social justice journalism role. Momis had sought a third term – in defiance of Bougainville’s constitution which limits presidents to two – but lost a challenge before the supreme court. Peace agreement Field commander Feedback: © Site Copyright 2019 - Multimedia Investments Ltd. “[And] to the people of Bougainville, thank you for your peace and serenity as you decided on your government. Toroama told ABC radio’s Pacific Beat how honoured he was to be elected as the new President of Bougainville: "We have to fulfill the dreams and the vision of why we fought. What we do suspect is that, although Ishmael Toroama has shown himself to be a shrewd operator, there is no proof of any illegality or corruption in his varied and volatile career. The new president of Bougainville will be Ishmael Toroama, a former commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, and one of the key players … Former rebel commander says law and order a priority, and says issue of PNG independence needs swift resolution, Last modified on Wed 23 Sep 2020 02.46 EDT. The big man is ‘no longer proud to be a fighter’. My dad was also a civilian killed in the Bougainville Crisis by PNGDF, his name is Kevin Lalai Kokiai, I found records of him recorded on Amnesty Internationals Data Base Online. Later, in 2001, he became a signatory of the Bougainville Peace Agreement under the auspices of which last year’s referendum on Bougainville independence recorded a huge vote in favour of the province’s separation from PNG. Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous part of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, electoral officials said on Wednesday, and is set to lead talks seeking independence. The new President of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama, has been sworn in by Papua New Guinea Supreme Court Justice, Sir Kina Bona, in Buka. He will now lead the talks with the PNG government on the terms of the island’s independence. Newly elected President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama, says that for the autonomous region to progress it is essential that law and order is established. President Hon. Keith Jackson is a retired educator, school publications editor and communications lecturer and consultant in Papua New Guinea who has managed radio stations in Rabaul and Bougainville and was head of policy and planning in the National Broadcasting Commission at independence in 1975. The conflict and subsequent military blockade – provoked by the the environmental damage wrought by the Rio Tinto’s massive Panguna copper mine, as well as disputes over the limited share of mine profits going to the island’s inhabitants – led to the deaths up to 20,000 people between 1988 and 1998. Ishmael Toroama represented the people of Bougainville as a veteren fighting for the freedom of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea for over thirty years until he officially became the fourth president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government when he won the race for the president's seat in the Bougainville General Elections, 2020. A freedom fighter of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) who stopped Rio Tinto and its subsidiary Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) by blowing up the electric pylons at the Panguna mine in 1988. In this capacity he once told a journalist that he had a dream: “One day I’d like to be able to buy a bar of Amataa chocolate – with a focus on the flavour.”. The death of up to 20,000 people on Bougainville caused by Rio Tinto and BCL as well as the hiring of mercenaries from Sandline Inertnational who were stopped in March 1997, just shows the disgusting, greedy , racist behaviour that the Rio Tinto and BCL mining companies are all about. Still stealing the generations – the abduction of Indigenous Australian children... Gordon Campbell: Media collusion with National’s attack lines the real disgrace, Deported Freedom Flotilla activist Mike Treen arrives back in NZ, Chinese diplomatic gatecrash incident alleged at Taiwan event in Suva, The Taiwan ‘prize’ and the US-China rivalry in the Pacific. He began his PNG Attitude blog in 2006. Pacific Media Centre articles are republished with permission. Ishmael Toroama has been elected Bougainville president and will lead independence talks with Papua New Guinea [File: Ness Kerton/AFP] Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama … pic.twitter.com/CQJ7HGUa32. Mr. Toroama says that Bougainville’s dreams to one day chart its … That is an important consideration given that corruption in Bougainville, as it is in PNG, has been a problem of mounting concern. BUKA – Bougainville’s president Ishmael Toroama has vowed to continue to protect landowner rights as the region embarks on an energetic program of economic development. Renowned for his role as a commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), Tororama was at the forefront of much of the BRA’s decade-long civil war against the PNG government. 47,145 – Ishmael Toroama Looking forward to work with your leaders including the president.”. The BRA are the first Indigenous People to shut down one of the biggest mining companies on this planet. Bougainville, a group of lush, mineral-rich islands in the South Pacific, has undergone little development since the end of a decade-long civil war that claimed the lives of 20,000 people in 1998. On the election trail, the Bougainvillean newspaper reported Toroama’s campaign saying: “I am standing to be the change. Bougainville's new President, Ishmael Toroama, says establishing law and order is essential if the autonomous region in Papua New Guinea is to prosper. Toroama was a commander in the secessionist Bougainville Revolutionary Army, and later worked on the peace and disarmament process. Fiji declares state of disaster as TC Yasa wreaks havoc in... Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, Click here for the PMC's terms of use and disclaimer. Toroama did not take long to become a prominent ‘field commander’ in the BRA and later succeeded the BRA’s first ‘chief of defence’, Sam Kauona, who happens to be an eliminated candidate in the current election. “He is no underdog and has come a solid second in the last two elections, although the voters each time preferred a civil servant with a record of service to Toroama. “Jesus has come into Ishmael’s life in a big way. Former Rebel Leader Is Elected President of Bougainville Ishmael Toroama is expected to lead talks in the South Pacific autonomous region’s effort to … Encouraged by his numbers and undeterred by defeat Toroama has announced his candidacy for President of Bougainville for the 2015 election.”. "On my side, we will push hard for independence, because that is the key issue on Bougainville." President Ishmael Toroama said he will be announcing a full cabinet soon with a team of vibrant leaders who will provide the drive, energy and innovation in moving Bougainville forward. This role, Starygin says, “went beyond the use of his celebrity to bring disputants together and grew to include event management by Toroama’s gang and those businesses in which Toroama ‘had an interest’ which, in turn, became the main conduits for AusAid and UNDP’s reconciliation dollars.”. “‘Ever hit any?’ I ask. This may be to keep the ‘boys’, as everyone calls the BRA, on their toes. Ishmael Toroama – fighter, rebel leader, peace broker, scrap metal dealer, security boss and coca farmer – now seems likely to be fifth president of Bougainville. October 2, 2020 Two female members have been name in the full cabinet of the Bougainville Executive Council. Bougainville has a new president, former rebel leader Ishmael Toroama, who will lead talks for the island territory's independence from Papua New Guinea. As journalist Dominic Rotheroe wrote in an article in The Independent (The Green Guerrillas, 13 September 1998) Toroama is nothing if not a very strong and intimidating man: “Ten minutes further into this training patrol, a mock ambush is launched and Ishmael Toroama hurtles into the bush, M-16 blazing, while his soldiers blast the jungle with a mix of captured M-l6s, rejuvenated Second World World War guns, and home-made rifles. In the war on Bougainville (1988–98) up to 20,000 people died. I’d like to share my story but I don’t know whom to contact. Ishmael Toroama Photo: Facebook. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville Declare New President - Ishmael Toroama. Ishmael Toroama has been declared the president-elect in Bougainville following an election process that began in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region, six weeks ago. Many long-term members of the province’s house of representatives lost their seats to young, millennial generation leaders, such as Theonila Matbob, born during the civil war, and elected to the constituency of Ioro, home to the disused Panguna mine. We can only surmise from his background that he is well experienced and that he is a formidable man. Inside his house a picture of Rambo is now dwarfed by a flock of evangelical posters. Bougainville president, and former rebel military commander, Ishmael Toroama, wants a swift resolution to independence talks with Papua New Guinea. Toroama will be sworn into office Friday. Congratulations to Ishmael Toroama the new President of Bougainville. Distant second “Ishmael is fond of dishing out such medicine. Toroama, whose body bears the scars of many hard fought battles, joined the BRA in its early days and according to one story was the first BRA guerrilla to obtain an automatic weapon from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF). 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