Timothy Masiu

JSB meeting a ‘breakthrough’

Shadow Minister for Bougainville Affairs and Deputy Opposition Leader, Timothy Masiu, said it addresses a lot of issues that have been lingering in the minds of Bougainvilleans, especially in regards to the issue of the Referendum Commission and the restoration development grants funding.

“On behalf of the Opposition and as Shadow Minister for Bougainville Affairs, I’m delighted that the ABG and the National Government can agree to some of the issues and move forward.”

Flight lights for Aropa Airport

Member for South Bougainville, Timothy Masiu, presented a part payment cheque of K100,000 of the total funding component to Air Niugini and NAC on Friday for the installation of Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI)/flight lights at Aropa Airport, Kieta, South Bougainville.

Once these lights are installed, Air Niugini would be able to operate jet aircrafts into Aropa Airport.

This airport is one of the oldest airports in PNG and the busiest because of the Bougainville Copper Mine.

Masiu appointed deputy opposition leader

When announcing the shadow cabinet, Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said Masiu, 53, has a solid background in community socio-economic development issues and is destined to play a key role in Parliament as Deputy Opposition Leader.

Masiu, who entered Parliament after a by-election in July 2016 and regained his seat in the recent general election, spent his early career as a journalist and broadcaster prior to taking on key advisory roles in government.

South Bougainville to transform

Speaking during the Autonomous Bougainville Day celebrations over the weekend in Port Moresby, he also announced the re-establishment of the South Bougainville supply and tenders board.

Since getting into office during the 2016 bi-election, he has made it clear that Buin town as the capital of South Bougainville, must play an active role in service delivery.

“Our efforts have been geared into transformation, of transforming South Bougainville from a laid back and forgotten electorate, to a vibrant and progressive region of Bougainville ”  said Masiu.

Chan sad to see MPs defect

He sad the action by both MPs were disheartening after treating them as family.

Both Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon, and South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu, defected to the Government ranks last week. Philemon joined the United Resources Party (URP) while Masiu joins National Alliance (NA).

Masiu aids ABG MPs

Masiu had gave K110,000 from his discretionary fund of K250,000 annually to the 11 ABG Members for the Southern Region.

The members include: Torokina, BABA, Lato, Bolave, Kopii, Motuna Huyuno Tokunotui, Ramu, Makis, Baubake, Lule and Konnou.

This is part of Masiu's ongoing support to his fellow ABG MPs in his electorate.

He said unity amongst leadership of South Bougainville is the only way forward.

“As the saying goes....if the elephants clash, the grass suffers thus if the leaders clash the people suffers.”

First time MP calls for help for his people

He was concerned that despite the volcano eruption that caused destruction to the area some 2 months ago, it has received little or no assistance at all from the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the national government.

In calling for help from the government, he said ABG had no money to help his people recover from this natural disaster.

He therefore asked the Prime Minister if the government can come in to assist.

Poor voter turnout during South Bougainville by-election

According to Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato, the total eligible voting population was 55, 000 but only 21, 000 casted their votes.

From the figures, more than half of the voting population did not vote.

Timothy Masiu, who was declared the winner in front of 11 other candidates on July 4, 2016, collected 8, 323 votes.

The election writs were returned to Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio last Thursday morning, and he was sworn into office by Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenouc a few hours later.

Masiu sworn-in as MP by Speaker of Parliament

The newest parliamentarian was declared as an MP on 4th July 2016 after winning the vacated open seat following the death of Steven Pirika Kamma early this year.

Parliament speaker Theo Zurenouc swore in Masiu as an MP this afternoon.

This completed the process after the return of writs of the South Bougainville by-election was given to Governor General Sir Michael Ogio by Electorial Commissioner Patilias Gamato in the morning.

The swearing was done at the Parliament State Function and witnessed by Peoples Progress Party leader Ben Micah.

Timothy Masiu to be sworn into Parliament

Electorial Commissioner Patilias Gamato this morning returned the Writs of South Bougainville by-election to the Governor General Sir Michael Ogio.

The Peoples Progress Party candidate was declared winner in front of 11 other candidates on July 4, 2016.

Masiu collected 8, 323 votes.

Commissioner Gamato said the counting and declaration for the seat left vacant by the death of former MP Steven Pirika Kamma was done in record time.

"The counting was done in record time of three days, normally it takes 10-12 days," Gamato said.