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July 3, 2022
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Tribal Fights In Wabag Increase Killings

A total of 44 people have been killed, along with thousands of kina worth of private properties torched and destroyed, in five separate tribal fights in Wabag district alone.

Provincial Police Commander, Acting Superintendent George Kakas, said this is the report compiled over the last six months of this year.


Kakas said the report in itself explains the difficulty in delivering and maintaining much needed services in the district and province.


PPC Enga, Acting Superintendent George Kakas, reported that over the last 6 months, a total of 44 people have been killed, with private properties valued at thousands of kina torched and destroyed in 5 separate tribal fighting instances in Wabag district alone.


He said this was bad for the Government, donor partners and their efforts in service delivery to the people.


He added that all other districts of Enga province remain “quiet and peaceful” except for Wabag, adding that luckily no public assets such as schools and aid posts were destroyed.


The fights in Wabag were at Nandi, were 15 election-related deaths were reported, Sopas (21 deaths), Aipus, (where a policeman was killed and related fighting caused a further 3 deaths), Kamas and Teremanda (relating to the killing of Kopen Secondary school principal which resulted in 3 deaths), and Yakananda (2 deaths) adding to a total of 44 deaths in six months. 


The PPC commended Wabag MP Robert Ganim for funding policing efforts and establishing the Peace and Good Order Committee that brokered peace and reconciliation.


He praised Mr. Soto Pauri, District Law and Order Coordinator and Councillor Akoman of Teremanda Village, who played a leading role in the reconciliation process.


Kakas said the two men were formally charged and appeared before the Wabag district Court this morning, adding that an ultimatum has been issued to other warring elements to surrender or face the full brunt of the law.


Meanwhile, the PPC reported that a liquor ban has seen the confiscation of 2,000 cartons of beer by police, valued around K300, 000.


He added that the liquor ban will continue indefinitely until the facilities at the Western highlands and Enga border is upgraded and fixed.


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