By Elizah Palme – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Relatives of the late primary school teacher who was murdered two weeks ago in Bau Primary School, Madang Province have thanked the people of Madang for cooperating with the Governor Peter Yama, Madang MP, Bryan Kramer and the police in bringing back the late teachers’ head.
EMTV Online was told the head belonging to the late teacher was brought down on the night of Thursday April 12 and handed over to the Governor, Mr Yama in the presence of the acting Provincial Administrator, Provincial Works Manager and former Madang Open Member, Mr Buka Malai. This was done following negotiations between the Governor’s office and Mr Kramer’s meeting with the Madang local leaders and community up at Dalam village on that same day.
A news source in Madang said “Mr Kramer explained to the community leaders that if the head was not returned in the next 24 hours, he would request the Provincial Police Commander to set up operations in the area until it was found including those behind the killing”.
Pastor Benny Kamu, a relative of the late teacher expressed his heartfelt gratitude on behalf of his family to the Governor of the Province, the Open Member and the Provincial Police Commander for their assistance. It was reported that Mr Kramer arranged for Pastor Kamu and his relatives to confirm the identity of the deceased teacher on the morning of Friday April 13 in the presence of Police CID officers.
Arrangements will be made following a postmortem for late Mr Gawi’s body to be flown into Mt Hagen where it will be received by relatives and taken to his home village in Yamala in the Kewabi LLG of Ialibu District. Police investigations are underway to establish the circumstances behind the killing.
Mr Kramer in his closing remarks confirmed that the killing had nothing to do with cult rituals but a targeted killing following a personal feud with local youth in the area.