9 Jan 2015

Bougainville's President denies claims

9:21 am on 9 January 2015

Bougainville's president has rebuffed claims by a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army strongman that his government was causing instability in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province.

In a letter to President John Momis, a former leader of the BRA, Ishmael Toroama, expressed disdain at what he called a regressive state in Bougainville.

The Post Courier reports that he also questioned Mr Momis's involvement in events such as the replacement of the province's acting Chief Secretary and the Torokina Oil Palm project, saying Mr Momis has acted out of self-interest.

However, John Momis says proper processes have been followed and all government business carried out legitimately.

He says the ABG has withheld nothing from the public.

The President of Bougainville, John Momis

The President of Bougainville, John Momis Photo: RNZI