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24 Hours Remain for Enga Provincial Government Petition Response

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24 hours remain for the Enga Provincial Government to respond to a petition presented by the Kala tribe of Amala in Wabag.

The locals petitioned the Provincial Government to compensate them for destruction caused to their village last month, during election-related fighting between the Kandep locals.

The seven days’ notice was given in the form of a petition last Thursday to the Provincial Government to respond, or face serious consequences.

The Kala tribe of Amala is from the village of the Enga Provincial Administrator, Dr Samson Amean. 

More than 200 houses were razed last month by the supporters of former Kandep MP, Don Polye, following allegations that the PA, as the Election Steering Committee Chairman, had advised the Kandep Returning Officer to set aside seven ballot boxes from Polye’s strongholds, when counting went into elimination.

The Kala tribe is seeking immediate relief assistance from the Provincial Government and the Disaster Office as their homes and food gardens were destroyed.

They are also seeking compensation to rebuild their properties which were destroyed.

More than 2000 people are homeless, and 20 people from their tribe were reported killed, with 20 others severely injured with bullet wounds.

As the custodians of Wabag town, they always protect the town from any unwanted activities from happening.

The seven days ultimatum ends tomorrow, and if they do not receive any good response, they have threatened to withdraw their protection of Wabag town, leaving it open to risks.

They will also sue the state, the Provincial Government, Kandep MP, Alfred Manase and former Kandep MP, Don Polye.

The Kala people are also seeking protection from the joint security forces until the fight is over.

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