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Hela Province tensions rise over killings

Over the last 10 days, over 20 people have been killed in Hela Province.

The latest was an 11-year-old girl who was beaten and hacked to death in the Tari Pori electorate.

This has prompted a declaration of war zones, along with the allocation of K2 million by the Hela Provincial Assembly for police operations in the province. The township of Tari seems peaceful but on the fringes of the town, brutal killings and burial ceremonies are a common occurrence.

This has raised concern from community leaders, business men, political leaders and the people of Hela.

Komo-Magarima MP, Francis Potape is very concerned with the on-going killing of innocent people, lost without a cause. In his visit to a haus krai on Monday, MP Potape called for Hela leaders to convene and iron out the problem.

Tribal leader Thomas Tiki questioned the roles of both provincial and national governments in stopping the unnecessary killings and bringing peace to the clans.

After presenting a sum of K5,000 towards burial costs, EM TV was told that a shoot-out occurred at the burial site between two local tribes.

Yesterday, the Hela Provincial Assembly met and allocated a sum of K2 million towards police and defence personnel to put those responsible behind bars.

Police mobile units on the ground also confirmed that more man power is needed to capture those instigating the fights.

The province remains tense. 


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