By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Peace and normalcy has been restored in Kimbe town following tensions after the killing of a security guard last week.
Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, and West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel, with the help of police conducted peace talks between the Talasea and Section 21 communities yesterday.
Kimbe police say seven suspects shot the guard at close range with a staple gun during a robbery.
Provincial Police Commander, Jim Namora, said the suspects ranging from 17-19 years of age are students from Karl Hesse School. They have been arrested and charged.
Yesterday, a peace ceremony was held between the leaders of the Talasea Community and the Section 21 community where the suspects reside.
Ward Councilor, Teli Wali, mobilised the Section 21 community and collected K14,600, eight pigs and traditional shell money with some food stuffs which they gave to the Talasea community.
Wali also apologised to the Talasea people for the death caused by the youths of Section 21.
Governor Muthuvel, Commissioner Baki, LLG Presidents and other provincial leaders witnessed the peace ceremony.
Meanwhile, the Bakovi people of Talasea handed a petition to the Provincial Government to remove squatter settlements in Kimbe.
Governor Muthuvel says no one will be denied their rights but appropriate and legal means will be followed to address the petition.