Mendi rampage remembered

A commemoration ceremony was held on June 14, one year after the Mendi mayhem which saw the burning of the Link PNG Dash 8, the national and district court house as well as other government facilities.

A small ceremony was held at the burnt down court house building area in Mendi, Southern Highlands, to remember the June 14 rampage.

Provincial Administrator Joseph Cajetan apologised to the law and justice sector, in particular the Judiciary and Justice Stephen Kassman, who was sitting in court when the court facility was set alight.

He also said the provincial government is in discussion with other stakeholders to rebuild a court house, calling on police to ensure those people are dealt with again, to give some assurance to other judges who will come later to work.

For the moment, all cases are being heard from Ialibu, which he says is costly. Even the police cells cannot cater for more arrests.

The Provincial Administrator also asked for everyone in their respective communities to restore law and order and work together for the province as a whole.

The burning down of the plane and closure of the airport has forced people from Southern Highlands to travel out to Wapanenda, Hagen and Goroka to catch flights.

Mendi residential judge, Justice Stephen Kassman said police must ensure those responsible for the burning down of government facilities must be dealt with.

Sally Pokiton