News Southern

Popondetta: Brothers Found Dead on Ombora Street

by Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby

While Oro’s leaders were embroiled in a bitter power struggle, the province has also been gripped with murders.

On Saturday, last week between 2am and 5am, a hit-and-run incident resulted in the death of two brothers. Their bodies were found lying in the street.

Their identities have been withheld, but police on the ground have confirmed this horrific incident.

ACP Allen Kundi, Divisional Commander Southern, said investigations into the death of the two brothers are continuing.

He said the suspect, an employee of Digicel PNG Limited based in Popondetta is in police custody. He is from Enga Province.

Youths in the province have retaliated to this incident by assaulting Highlanders living in the province. 

The situation is tense with many Highlanders seen leaving the province on the weekend, in fear of their lives.

ACP Allen Kundi has asked for normalcy to allow police to establish the cause of the hit-and-run incident.


“The frustration and grief is understandable but people should not get the law into their own hands. The murders must not also be related to the recent political upheaval,” he said.

In the meantime, five leaders from David Arore’s camp have been arrested in relation to the recent political chaos.

The situation has been quiet since, with no major politically-related incidents.

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