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January 20, 2021
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Kirakira No Go Zone: Freeway Closed Again

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Kirakira village in the nation’s capital is a no go zone.

After the PNGDF soldiers accompanied by their commanders and the Metropolitan Superintendent cleared the freeway yesterday, the villagers closed it again.

 

They argue that the freeway leading to and from their village will remain closed until all their demands, including the rebuilding of the 10 houses and relocation of Taurama barracks, are met by authorities.

 

EMTV News visited the village today and reporter Bernadette Efi filed this report.

 

The freeway between Manu auto port and Kirakira village has been blocked once again by the villagers.

 

This blockade is much bigger than the first.

 

The villagers said this in protest to their demands presented to the politicians, police and PNGDF hierarchy.

 

They said the blockade will remain until their burned houses are rebuilt and Taurama Barracks relocated, amongst others.

 

These demands are part of the 60 day petition presented to authorities.

 

Currently, there are two separate investigations carried out by police and the Defense forces at the village.

 

This was confirmed by the Metropolitan Superintendent.

 

Whilst investigations continue into the murder of the soldier, the village crisis committee is working in collaboration with the police and PNGDF hierarchy to maintain peace and normalcy.

 

The committee said suspects have already been handed over to police for questioning.

 

They are now calling on the authorities to rebuild the houses of those families who were not involved in this problem.

 

For now, the community is still traumatized. Many refuse to go to school or work.

 

The offices of NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, and Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, donated camping gear, food, clothes and other necessities to keep them going for the time being. Some business houses and villagers have also contributed.

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