Sunday, June 20, 2010

Till MRA is removed people will lose


THE Department of Mining was smothered in 2007 for Mineral Resources Authority (MRA). The new Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management was set up in 2008 as a result of MRA. In May 2010 Parliament passed Environment (Amendment) Act to protect MRA. Now the Government will review mineral policy and mining law for MRA to regulate miners.

At core of MRA is money. Money in lustful terms with government acquiescence. Law on tax has been manipulated. No Parliamentary approval has been given to MRA to levy the miners production levy for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. It is a breach of section 209 of the Constitution.
Paying attention leaders will help people. So far leaders have been blind and deaf. Voice of people have been awoken recently. PNG is witnessing new wave of nationalism. Miners will regret.
Now that mineral policy and mining law will be reviewed to accommodate miners requirements the government will regret not being honest. Also the government is technically not in control of the review.
Here are truths government wants hidden;
1. MRA was created by World Bank;
2. MRA was brought into operation illegally for World Bank to give second loan to PNG for review of mineral policy and mining law;
3. Nellie James was one of two officers who accompanied World Bank consultant Graeme Hancock who negotiated second loan for PNG;;
4. World Bank parked loan funds with MRA;
5. Nellie James does not tell truth about status of last review of mineral policy and mining law under first World Bank loan;
6. Role of MRA in revision of mineral policy and law has not been clarified by Nellie James;
7. Till MRA is removed people will lose land and resource rights; and
8. Tucking truth Nellie James wants leaders to think she is doing something for PNG people when she is a mole for World Bank in PNG.
People must push leaders to remove MRA. That will make Nellie James and other moles to come out of hiding.

James Wanjik
Port Moresby
18 June 2010

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