Mathias Wenda is the Commander in Chief of the West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA). He has been active in West Papua independence movement since his early age in his village, Pyramid, West Papua. In 1977, became the leader of the fight against the Indonesian occupation. He fled to Papua New Guinea upon the surrender of most of the villagers in 1980.
Wenda was appointed by Hendrik Jacob Prai as the operational commander during the operations by the PEMKA factions within the armed wing of the OPM after the Prai’s decision to separate from Victoria (Marvic) faction.
Why WPRA ?
WPRA is the military wing of Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM) and WPRA is not TPN/OPM, the Indonesian-made organisation that confuses both Papuan fighters and international supporters.
This policy by Gen. Wenda is aimed at totally separating the organisation, personnel and programmes of both military and political wings of our independence movement organisations because Papua Presidium Council (PDP) has failed to fulfill our political mandate to free West Papua from colonialism through political campaigns and diplomatic lobbies. This is also in anticipation towards colonial strategy to brand the TPN/OPM as a terrorist organisation in South Pacific region that is potential to destabilise the security and peace in the region.
What We do:
Revolution of Our System of Governing Our Lives and Our Government
Revolution of our paradigm, and direction in life
Mathias Wenda, as a tribal elder, found out that the PEPERA was being prepared with a bad intention, to colonise Papuan People. He held various secret meetings with his fellow elders and he decided to speak for Free West Papua during the Act.
A fellow elder of Kogoya clan reported what Wenda was doing to Indonesia that caused him excluded during the Act as the team leader.
In 1977, as the tribal elder, he defended his people who were being treated badly, tortured and killed by Indonesian police and armed forces: ABRI.
Gen. Tabi was firt of all recruited by the Late Moses Weror as the Chairperson of the OPMRC (Organisasi Papua Merdeka Revolutionary Council) based in Madang, by appointing Tabi as his ambassador to the international community.
Communication between Mr. Tabi and Mr. Werror started during the Mapenduma Kidnapping drama, where Mr. Tabi became the bridge between Kwalik and Weror, through his courier who normally come to Mr. Tabi at Cenderawasih University.
Mr. Tabi then joined Gen. Wenda in the jungle during the 2000 exodus and live in PNG ever since.
Since 2006, upon return from Vanuatu and Port Moresby, Mr. Tabi has been helping Gen. Wenda as the Secretary-General of the WPRA.
Mr. Tabi is now high-ranking officers at the WPRA Headquarters, based in Yako Village, Vanimo, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea.