Central Government Expected to Step in to Overcome the Situation in Yalimo


PAPUADAILY –The Papuan Police Chief, Inspector General Mathius D Fakhiri, hopes that the central government will immediately take a policy to address the situation in Yalimo.

The security situation in Elelim District, Yalimo Regency, Papua, is now gradually conducive after the riots in Yalimo some time ago.

A total of 1,025 residents who lost their homes due to the riots are now in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency.

“For the rehabilitation and reconstruction, if it is charged to the regional government, they certainly can’t do anything because the PSU alone will have budget difficulties, it does not have

PAD, so far they depend on central transfer funds, therefore everything goes back to the central government,” he said.  in Wamena, Tuesday (6/7/2021).

Regarding the economic situation in Yalimo, Fakhiri acknowledged that there would be a decline.

This is because the economic drivers in the area are generally residents who have now fled to Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. The Kapolda invites everyone to remain optimistic, the problems in Yalimo will be resolved soon.

“We have to be optimistic people, of course after this he will stagnate, but from the refugees they say they want to return to Elelim but after the situation is conducive,” he said.

“Indeed, we can see this certainty in the next three months, if now we can’t speculate, this is all in the process of the Constitutional Court’s decision,” continued Fakhiri.

According to him, the central government will take a policy regarding the situation in Yalimo. This information was obtained after Fakhiri heard directly the statement from the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mhafud MD through a virtual meeting.

“If we saw yesterday during the zoom meeting with the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs last Saturday (3/7/2021), further steps will be taken by the relevant ministers, especially by the Minister of Social Affairs so that there are serious handling steps,” he said.

As previously reported, after the decision of the Constitutional Court (MK) disqualifying the participation of the candidate pair for Regent and Deputy Regent Yalimo Erdi Dabi-Jhon Wilil, the mob burned down several offices and kiosks in Elelim District on Tuesday (29/6/2021).

A number of government buildings were burned, including the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) Office, General Election Commission (KPU) Office, BPMK Office, Transportation Service Office, Health Service Office, DPRD Office, Gakkumdu Office, and Bank Papua.

The crowd suspected of being supporters of the Erdi Dabi-Jhon Wilil couple also closed the road access. As a result of this action, material losses are estimated at Rp 324 billion.

On Monday (5/7/2021) night, as many as 1,025 Yalimo residents who had lost their homes were in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency