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February 28, 2021

HB Killings: Motu Koita Way Forward Accept Gov’t Response to Petition

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by Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby

The Motu Koita Way Forward are satisfied with the national government’s response to the Hanuabada petition they received on the 9th of February. 

The government, in response to the petition through a letter from Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenouc, stated that it endorses all five points of the Hanuabada petition.

The petition also approved of the coronial inquest, which will see a member of the Motu Koita Way Forward included in the investigations of the death of Nicholas Rarua, 36, and Toka Gaudi, 29, two Hanuabada villagers allegedly killed by police officers last month.

Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc responded to the committee, endorsing the petition and confirming commitment from the government in implementing the petition’s requests.

“Endorsement for the establishment of the above proposed body comprising the National Government, NCDC, Motu Koita Assembly and appointed /elected Hanuabada/Elevala representatives, and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary to be established to coordinate and manage the implementation of the petition following the conclusion of an MOA.”

Motu Koita Way Forward President Samuel Lohia accepted Sir Zurenuoc’s response; the committee now leaves the authorities to continue on with investigations into the killings.

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