He has also worked in development and communication roles for UNESCO in Fiji, Indonesia, India, Maldives and the Philippines. Feedback: © Site Copyright 2019 - Multimedia Investments Ltd. 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. We can only surmise from his background that he is well experienced and that he is a formidable man. Peace agreement “‘Ever hit any?’ I ask. A big #Bougainville clap to acknowledge the victory of Ishmael Toroama as new president. Follow me, because I am the Lord.’ And this he did; when the war ends, he says, he would like to become a preacher.”. President’s Ishmael Toroma’s mission to increase appreciation and recognition of the dynamic role of women have in Bougainville society. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville Declare New President - Ishmael Toroama. Bougainville Elects Ishmael Toroama President, Eyes Set on Independence By Grant Wyeth. CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 29 2020 (IPS) - Ishmael Toroama, a former revolutionary leader and fighter during the decade long civil war which engulfed the remote islands of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the 1990s, has been elected the autonomous region’s new President ahead of high-level talks about its political future. Read full article. 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. In a journal article ‘The Gangs of Bougainville’ by Stan Starygin, Toroama was portrayed as a ‘Rambo’ . Encouraged by his numbers and undeterred by defeat Toroama has announced his candidacy for President of Bougainville for the 2015 election.”. 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. But Marape’s government has been careful not to commit to granting Bougainville independence in the wake of the referendum. 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. Rio Tinto and BCL turned the island of Bougainville into a sea of blood by imposing a military blockade using Australian helicopters decked out as gunships to strafe villages on Bougainville, navy boats supplied by Australia to keep journalists and human rights workers out so no medicines or medical teams could enter Bougainville in order to keep Rio Tinto and BCL’s filth from being exposed. The new president of Bougainville will be Ishmael Toroama, a former commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, and one of the key players … SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected president of Bougainville, an autonomous part of Papua New Guinea in … They are corporate thugs who were stopped thanks to the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA). “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. After interim elections to fill the remainder of his term, John Momis was elected as president in 2010 for a five-year term. 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. Starygin writes that during the disarmament process endorsed by the peace agreement, “Toroama presented himself as an agent of peace”. If anyone is interested in my story please contact me on this email address: nmatte481@gmail.com, or search my name on Facebook: Nigel Matte (Nai) and Linkedin: Nigel Matte. 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. I’d like to share my story but I don’t know whom to contact. PNG prime minister James Marape offered his congratulations on Toroama’s “conclusive” victory. Updated Updated 23/09/2020. 47,145 – Ishmael Toroama 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. Toroama has not won an election yet but it is not for want of trying. 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. CANBERRA, Australia, Sep 29 (IPS) - Ishmael Toroama, a former revolutionary leader and fighter during the decade long civil war which engulfed the remote islands of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the 1990s, has been elected the autonomous region's new President ahead of high-level talks about its political future. 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. “[And] to the people of Bougainville, thank you for your peace and serenity as you decided on your government. President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville - Wikipedia Ishmael Toroama built his reputation as a bold fighter and later a commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) in its struggle to close the Panguna copper and gold mine and gain independence for Bougainville from Papua New Guinea in the 10-year civil war of the 1990s. Bougainville Presidential Count Update 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.”. 21st Elimination – Tuesday afternoon 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. “Jesus has come into Ishmael’s life in a big way. During this post-war period, Toroama and his group not only expanded their activities by dismantling and selling scrap metal from Panguna but by offering ‘protection services’ to local businesses and visitors. President-elect Ishmael Toroama after being declared the winner of the #Bougainville Presidential #election . Echoes of the Rainbow Warrior – have the lessons been learned? It formally ends the 10 year long tenure of John Momis. The general election was the first since Bougainville voted overwhelmingly for independence from PNG at the end of last year. Bougainville president, and former rebel military commander, Ishmael Toroama, wants a swift resolution to independence talks with Papua New Guinea. Ishmael Toroama Photo: Facebook. 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.”. Toroama ran second to Momis in the previous election. He will now lead the talks with the PNG government on the terms of the island’s independence. 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. The BRA are the first Indigenous People to shut down one of the biggest mining companies on this planet. Parliamentary elections parallel to the presidential poll marked a significant shift from the status quo in Bougainville politics. 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. There are no half-measures here.”. "On my side, we will push hard for independence, because that is the key issue on Bougainville." Rio Tinto accused of violating human rights in Bougainville for not cleaning up Panguna mine, Bougainville referendum: voting begins amid scenes of jubilation. Bougainville, a group of islands in PNG’s east that has close relations with neighbouring Solomon Islands, has been hampered post-conflict by years of poor economic progress, despite its abundance of natural resources. 20,953 – Peter Tsiamalili Thirty years ago, Ishmael Toroama was leading troops in a rebel army during a bloody conflict in Bougainville. Marape has said his government is willing to talk to Bougainville’s leaders, but has framed discussions around self-determination and “economic independence”, while carefully avoiding commitments to political independence. He tells us how Jesus appeared to him after he was wounded. 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. This may be to keep the ‘boys’, as everyone calls the BRA, on their toes. 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. Pacific Media Centre articles are republished with permission. Bougainville has a new president, former rebel leader Ishmael Toroama, who will lead talks for the island territory's independence from Papua New Guinea. Ishmael Toroama, a former secessionist military commander turned peacemaker and cocoa farmer, has been elected the president of PNG’s autonomous Bougainville region, in a further fillip for the province’s push for independence from Papua New Guinea. 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. Sadly Rio Tinto and BCL retaliated by sending in the PNG Defence Forces, supported by Australia and Australian tax payer dollars. 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. 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. First Toroama helped negotiate the peace agreement, then took the lead in subsequent reconciliations, next benefited greatly from selling scrap mine equipment from Panguna and later returned to the family tradition of cocoa farming. October 2, 2020 Two female members have been name in the full cabinet of the Bougainville Executive Council. President Toroama highlighted the importance of Innovative Leadership of the Administration stating he will be reviewing and making changes if necessary. 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. 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. Toroama will be sworn into office Friday. Looking forward to work with your leaders including the president.”. 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. 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. 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 … ‘Oh yes.’ ‘How many?’ ‘Twelve.’ ‘Twelve! 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). 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. They, Rio Tinto and BCL have been exposed. Inside his house a picture of Rambo is now dwarfed by a flock of evangelical posters. 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 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. VICTORY TO THE BRA. President Hon. He died in office on 6 June 2008. That is an important consideration given that corruption in Bougainville, as it is in PNG, has been a problem of mounting concern. John Momis serving as the President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea since 2010 has made a historic comment after a Referendum that saw the Bougainville vote overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea. New Bougainille President, Ismael Toroama Photo: ABG. “I offer my support to work with you to deliver on my commitments to Bougainville,” he said. Return to Rabi on the horizon for Ossies climate doco crew? 29,896 – Simon Duraminu Now, he will be sworn in as the region's president. The big man is ‘no longer proud to be a fighter’. Mr. Toroama says that Bougainville’s dreams to one day chart its … 20,107 – Thomas Raivet. Well, this did not happen. 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”. “We conducted a clean campaign, we did not give money to the voters and we did not intimidate any voters: people have used their God-given wisdom to vote for the right candidate,” Toroama said after his victory was announced. 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. 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. Ishmael Toroama – fighter, rebel leader, peace broker, scrap metal dealer, security boss and coca farmer – now seems likely to be fifth president of Bougainville. A Bougainville which itself may be standing on the threshold of independence. Any re-opening of the Panguna mine – which would be intensely controversial in the province – was a decision for the owners of that land, Toroama has said. Elections for the first autonomous government were held in May and June 2005; Joseph Kabui, an independence leader, was elected President. The new President of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama, has been sworn in by Papua New Guinea Supreme Court Justice, Sir Kina Bona, in Buka. ‘He said to me, you are an inch from death now. 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