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Powi: Work Must Begin to Restore Services and Rule of Law

By Jack Lapauve – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, has welcomed the court decision and retained his seat.

Governor Powi says all infrastructures destroyed in the recent violence and unrest must now be rebuilt and services restored.

A major task is to establish law and order, by supporting police and other enforcement agencies so the rule of law is restored.

A major reconciliation ceremony is expected after the Provincial Assembly meets next week.

48 hours after the Waigani National Court reinstated sitting Governor William Powi, he made a bold statement to rebuild the Province.

Governor Powi says the courts have spoken, and leaders and the people must work together to restore order and services disrupted after the 2017 National Election, and the recent unrest in Mendi town.

Top of the agenda during the restoration period is to improve policing and other law and justice sector services in Southern Highlands.

Governor Powi also admitted that for nearly 20 months, no projects or services were delivered.

He urged the National Government and Government agencies to release funding belonging to the province for work to begin.

The Southern Highlands Provincial Assembly is expected to reconvene next week to announce the next step the Province will take.

A reconciliation ceremony between the 5 districts and Management of Air Niugini will also be staged.

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