Compensation Culture Thriving

More than K30, 000 was exchanged in Port Moresby as compensation payments between two clans from the Sine Sine and Gembolg electorates of Simbu Province.

The payment follows a car accident that killed three people in July last year, when the vehicle, belonging to a security company, crashed into a 15 seater bus along the Poreporena Freeway.

It was a tense occasion and clan members refuse to speak on camera.  Since the incident last year, money totaling up to K97 thousand, was spent on both compensation and funeral expenses. 

Mr. Mu praised both clans for finally putting their differences behind them and willing to come to an understanding.

The payment took place opposite the Boroko Police Station.

Apart from the money, 3 pigs, cartoons of beer and assorted soft drinks, and garden food were exchanged.

Compensation remains a big part of our culture; however, it is an expensive exercise especially when living in urban areas. A clan representative who refused to be named, said each year he spends up to K5, 000 on compensation alone. He explained that it is an obligation, and he is forced to pay his share, even if he refuses to.

An outstanding of K5, 000 was presented to the widow of one of the deceased today. 

In the meantime, Mu says the NCDC Peace and Mediation Division comprises of 28 Chairmen, and exists to help people in NCD reach an agreement when faced with similar situations.  He is very pleased with the outcome of the agreement between the two clans.

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