The wife of Pastor Michael Kewa who was brutally murdered in Lae atthe weekend, has spoken to EMTV recountingthe events that led tothe slaying of her husband inside PMV bus.
Linda Kweri (wife) was holding on totheir baby son and couldn’t help her husband as two men beat him to death with metal tools.
Pastor Michael was in Lae to help his wife a primary school teacher to collect materials and supplies for their school. The couple had losttheir first child about a year ago and Pastor Michael madethe decision of withdrawing from studies to be present duringthe birth oftheir second baby.
“He was worrlied about my second delivery so he withdrew from studies and came home to stay with me,” says wife Linda.
Last weekthey made a decision to stay on for a few days to completetheir work in Lae. On Saturdaythey got on a bus which had a crew drunk on steam (homebrew).
“It wasthe swearing ofthe drunkards that made my husband and ther men stood up tothe drunkards and askedthem to have respect of passengers on board but that had turned into a fight”, wife.
A fight began betweenthe passengers andthe bus crew; Pastor Michael trlied to stopthe fight and went tothe driver to get him to stopthe bus. Linda who was carryingtheir son couldn’t do much when her husband was struck inthe head three times by his attackers.
“The ther men passengers withdrew asthe fighting got worse while my husband was still fighting withthe drunkards. I looked on helplessly because I was carrying my baby so it was hard to grab hold of my husband”, wife.
Pastor Michael’s body wasthen dumped out ofthe bus as it’sped towards Uni-gate with Linda andtheir baby on board.
“The men cracked my husband head three times and when he was unconsciousthey openedthe door ofthe bus and threw him onthe road asthe bus was speeding away. We couldn’t see how he rolled onthe road”, wife.
At Uni-gate, ther passengers foughtthe driver andthe crew andthey all managed to escape.
Family elders atthe haus-cry (mourning house) have expressed anger and frustration overthe killing.
The owner ofthe bus and two thers have been arrested. Police are expected to make more arrests this week.
Scott Waide, National EMTV News_LAE