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June 29, 2022

Lae’s Settlement Clashes Need Solutions

A Lae Community Leader has called on relevant authorities to create a Provincial Forum to address the spike in settlement clashes.

Lae’s Ward two Chairman, Thompson Benguma, says it’s time for solutions.


It comes after a series of clashes over the last 3 months.  


Lae’s series of settlement clashes has raised concerns within urban communities in the city.


Ward two chairman, Thompson Benguma has called on other community leaders to come together and solve the issue.


“We can take this solutions on board and we can be able to solve these problems,” he says.


It comes after a series of clashes; the most recent was in the Back road area, between landowners and Sepik settlers.


Community Leaders now call on Provincial Law and Order Chairman, Ali Hetuke who replaced Peter Namus, to address this issue.


They want a forum to be held together with the police, provincial government and churches.


Most of the fights are between clusters of cultural groups within settlements. Morobe’s political leaders have made it clear they won’t assist those affected.


But, there is huge number of women and children that suffer in the aftermath.


There are undelaying issues that surround clashes; most have been related to alcohol, drugs and domestic issues.


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