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Komo Warlord says Tari Police Assisted in Smuggling Guns into Hela Province

At a recent gun surrender in the Komo LLG of Hela, warlords told joint forces that police in Tari are partly blamed for the accumulation of unlicensed firearms in the province.

Agobe Potape, referred to as warlord, spent nearly K50,000 to purchase a gun.

He alleged, a mobile squad unit with local police based in Tari aided him to Jiwaka and back to purchase his gun.

Hela Governor, Francis Potape, says those police alleged to have aided the warlords must be disciplined.

For the Komo people, tribal fights have disrupted essential services like Health and Education.

During the Komo surrender, school children held placards to demonstrate a stop to gun fights.

Sister Betty Maga a nursing officer for 35 years at the Mananda Sub-Health Centre says serving the sick has never been easy.

“We use to live in fear while working to help deliver services but fights have affected us and also people in the communities “said Sister Maga.

5 high-powered rifles and 30 homemade guns were surrendered in Komo recently.

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