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November 14, 2019
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Opposition urges PM to “Take Back Tari” first

Opposition leader Belden Namah is calling on Prime Minister James Marape to resign from the office and address lawlessness in Hela.

In a news conference today, Namah said the slogan“Take Back PNG” will not be practical if gun-welding warlords continue to kill police officers and threaten society.

Namah says the ruthless killing of a policeman last week and the most recent two days ago, questions the leadership of those in authority.” This is very irresponsible by the head of the country which his district is seeing policemen killed”, said Namah.
“We the Opposition urged the Prime Minister to resign and fix his district and Hela” before talking about PNG”, Namah added.

The Opposition leader said cuts in the budget will not help. He says lawlessness will spiral out of control if appropriate funding is not made available.

Namah is urging for a swift response by the Government to allow security forces to be dispatched to Hela to get hold of those responsible for the crimes committed.

However the Prime Minister was among other Hela leaders last week appealing for the cop killers to surrender and handover police firearms seized during the ambush at Tokio Bridge outside Tari town.
Meanwhile the other police officer who was injured in the ambush at has been medivaced to Port Moresby.

Constable James Kopil was airlifted by Oil Search Aviation Team from Tari Hospital to Port Moresby for much needed medical treatment.

By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby

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