In the near future, the KPK named three regional leaders in Papua as suspects in a corruption case. Legal activists ask that efforts be extended to other areas in Papua, because of the strong smell of corruption allegations.
The three regional leaders named as suspects by the KPK are the Regent of Mimika Eltinus Omaleng, the Regent of Central Mamberamo Ricky Ham Pagawak, and the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe.
LBH Papua Director Emanuel Gobay told VOA that the KPK should expand its efforts to investigate corruption cases in the region.
“I hope that the KPK will not just stop at this. But it can be seen all over the place, in districts and cities in Papua. Because now there are many regencies and cities in Papua, as well as West Papua,” said Gobay.
Papua has indeed experienced a significant increase in the number of regencies and cities due to regional expansion efforts.
“In theory, we know for ourselves that the addition of new regions will certainly increase the flow of funds to them, state funds. And of course will also create little kings. It has been shared knowledge for a long time,” added Gobay.
Not only in Papua, Gobay asked for investigation efforts to also extend to West Papua.
Efforts to investigate corruption cases in Papua, Gobay continued, can be done by tracing the flow of funds in the APBD scheme, especially the allocation from the APBN. Since the amount is clear, and then allocated to projects in Papua, it can be seen whether the project is running or not.
“When we look at the facts, whether the project through the funds was realized or not. If it is not realized, of course there are allegations of corruption there,” said Gobay.
However, he also reminded that the three cases currently handled by the KPK have not been able to describe the overall condition of corruption in Papua. Therefore, once again, he urged similar efforts to be made in districts and cities throughout Papua.
“Are only these three cases, while the others do not exist. If these three then want to be used as indicators to measure, I don’t think it’s right. Must be something else too dong, only then can we use it as an indicator of the success of the KPK. If there are only these three, it will become a separate question to the KPK. Kok only three, how about the others?” he said.
Regarding social conditions in Papua, especially in the case of Lukas Enembe, Gobay asked the KPK to give a full explanation to the public regarding the reasons for the determination of the suspect. It is not appropriate, suddenly the status is imposed and then a pick-up is carried out, because it has the potential to cause friction in the community.
In the case of the use of Special Autonomy funds, Gobay also reminded that the Special Autonomy Law Number 2/2021 stipulates that the control of funds is regulated by the central government. Therefore, the investigation into the alleged corruption in the Special Autonomy funds should not stop at the budget executor in Papua, but also by the policy holders in Jakarta.
Evidence that the KPK is present in Papua
In his statement on Wednesday (14/9) night, KPK Chair Alexander Marwata said that the determination of the suspect in the corruption case in Papua was a follow-up to public information received by the institution.
“The leadership has been to Papua several times, and has always received complaints from the public, anti-corruption activists and also from business circles, as if the KPK does not exist in Papua Province,” said Marwata.
Marwata continued, the KPK has received information from the Papuan people for a long time, regarding corrupt practices and infrastructure development in the region.
“And we are not standing still. We coordinate with various parties and especially from public information. The determination of the suspect by the KPK has involved three regional heads, the Mimika Regent, the Central Memberamo Regent and finally the LE Governor.
The KPK also ensures that it has sufficient evidence. They have also clarified a number of witnesses and obtained documents, which makes the KPK believe that there is sufficient evidence to identify a suspect.
“We hope for support from the Papuan people, regarding our efforts to eradicate corruption. We hope that such large funds, which have been distributed by the central government in the form of Special Autonomy funds, can really be used to improve the welfare of the Papuan people,” said Marwata.
The KPK noted that during the last 20 years tens of trillions of rupiah in Special Autonomy funds had been disbursed by the government. The goal is for the welfare of the Papuan people.
“However, if these corrupt practices continue, we are concerned that the efforts made by the government to improve the welfare of the Papuan people will not materialize. Once again, the KPK’s efforts to support development in the Papua Province are in line with the wishes of the Papuan people. How can the welfare of the Papuan people be on a par with brothers in other parts of Indonesia,” he added.
Some Papuans, especially in Jayapura, are against the KPK’s attempt to make Lukas Enembe a suspect in a corruption case. During the interrogation at the Jayapura Brimob Headquarters, thousands of Lukas Enembe supporters took action. The governor of Papua himself was not present at the examination, citing illness.
Mimika Regent Mimika Eltinus Omaleng was entangled in the case of the construction of the Kingmi Mile 32 Church. The KPK stated that the state’s financial loss was at least Rp. 21.6 billion from the contract value of Rp. 46 billion, where Eltinus was suspected of receiving around Rp. 4.4 billion. Meanwhile, the Regent of Central Mamberamo, Ricky Ham Pagawak, is suspected of having received a grant of up to Rp. 24.5 billion, related to a number of projects implemented in the district. Meanwhile, Lukas Enembe is suspected of receiving gratuities worth Rp. 1 billion. [ns/ab]