Police: Govt Village Fund Misused to Support Papuan Armed Groups

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  • Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw (left) and the Commander of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command/XVII Maj. Gen. Herman Asaribab (second left) shake hands with the police's mobile brigade (Brimob) personnel on the sidelines of a joint inspection ceremony in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, October 14, 2019. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw (left) and the Commander of the Cendrawasih Regional Military Command/XVII Maj. Gen. Herman Asaribab (second left) shake hands with the police's mobile brigade (Brimob) personnel on the sidelines of a joint inspection ceremony in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, October 14, 2019. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Papua Regional Police Chief Insp. General Paulus Waterpauw revealed that authorities found indications of the government’s village funds being misused to support local armed criminal groups also known as KKB.

    “We found several indications in the field, therefore, [we will also] prevent village leaders to stop providing assistance by misusing the village fund,” said Waterpauw in Jayapura on Tuesday, November 26.

    The Indonesian government’s village fund is initially an allocated amount of grants to help accelerate development in rural areas across the country. 

    Despite holding back from revealing the details of the case, Paulus Waterpauw warned that he will impose harsh sanctions for those that are proven guilty of such acts. 

    Asked about the situation in Papua nearing December 1st, which is the commemoration of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), Waterpauw asserted that the region is currently safe. 

    “Let us all collectively maintain the safety of Papua,” he said. 

    BISNIS | HANS ARNOLD KAPISA