B'ville struggle still on: Kauona
By AUGUSTINE KINNA
THE struggle for Bougainville's freedom and independence is still on
and for Bougainville to achieve this objective, it has to improve its
economy, former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander Sam Kauona
He said the military war was now history and Bougainville was now
fighting an economic war.
"The economy for the region is very important and if we are
politically independent, then we must also be economically
independent," Mr Kauona said.
He said the objective of the ABG was to see that all Bougainville
families in the region had money in their pockets.
Mr Kauona said there were many obstacles blocking the way but these
were challenges that gave strength to leaders to move on.
"We have come this far in our fight for freedom and now there is no
time for turning back. It is our responsibility for Bougainville to be
economically fit to win the race," he said.
Mr Kauona said Bougainville was running out of time and something had
to be done to improve the region's economy.
He said the National Government, Australia and other donor agencies
would not be there forever to provide a "golden plate" for
He said it was now up to the Bougainvilleans to think seriously on how
they could create strategies to achieve economic independence.
"This is the challenge for us as leaders and for the people of
Bougainville. We have to question ourselves if we want independence or
not," Mr Kauona said.
He said the main concern now was to boost the region's economy in
order for Bougainville to be self-reliant and economically