Chimbu Province

Human trafficking trial underway

The trial, presided by Justice Panuel Mogish, saw the fourth state witness take the stand today.

Businessman Willie Gare of Gumine, Chimbu Province, is standing at the National Court for six counts of human trafficking, one count of aggravated human trafficking and one count of rape. 

Gare who has pleaded not guilty to all the charges was allegedly involved in the recruitment and transportation of two boys and eight girls from Lealea and Boera villages, to Kundiawa on 30 July 2015, to perform at the opening of a lodge on 14 August, 2015.

Bypass being created at landslip area in Chimbu

A major landslide which occurred on January 8 in that area has blocked the Highlands Highway for the past six days.

At the moment a temporary bypass has been created by the Simbu-based Kaiaworks Construction under the Works Department's supervision.

The Government allocated an undisclosed amount of funds for the removal of the debris and the construction of the bypass.

Additional funding was allocated to Kaiaworks to build a permanent road apart from the bypass.

Karamui-Nomane DDA continues subsidy for students

MP Mogerema Sigo Wei said K1.8 million has been allocated by the Karamui-Nomane District Development Authority for this purpose in 2017. This will cover a total of 1400 students studying in various institutions both in PNG and abroad. 

Sigo Wei said since 2013, Karamui-Nomane DDA had so far spent K5 million for more than 3000 students.

He said assistance for students in other universities and learning institutions would be made in the coming weeks.

The institutions are both private and government owned.

Landslip area concerning for travelers

Martin Kombre, who lives in Kundiawa but travels to Kerowaghi daily, says the soil, which has broken away, remains fragile and shaky.

He says while travelers are crossing the landslip, the fragile soil gives way, forcing them to panic and run across the slipping mud.

Many have no choice but to take the risk, with no major incidents reported so far.

On the other hand, the situation has landowners and locals in the area laughing all the way to the bank as they have begun charging tolls on individuals and their cargo, as well as performing carrier services.

Operator: Tourism must benefit rural communities

Local tour operator in Chimbu Province, Chris Jaime, said tourism remains the only industry where everyone can benefit from.

Jaime operates tours and provides adventure trips for both local and international tourists in Chimbu, including tours for Mt Wilhelm, which is the highest peak in PNG and the Oceania region.

Jaime said people can be involved in Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) to sustain their livelihoods and also contribute to the country’s economy by promoting tourism with their products.

Heavy rains wreak havoc in highlands provinces

Several access roads in the region have been cut off, isolating a large number of rural communities while the Highlands Highway is under threat of being cut off by landslips in several locations between Eastern Highlands and Jiwaka Province.

In the Chimbu Province, the Kundiawa-Gembolg road was cut off in three locations on Sunday night after heavy rains. The Dokorr Creek Bridge along the Gumine road, outside Kundiawa, was also covered by debris, cutting off the link from Gumine.

Chimbu’s Bomai Coffee celebrates first anniversary

Bomai Coffee – the brand-  is also celebrating its first anniversary this month since its humble beginnings in the back waters of a rugged, relentless and uncompromising landscape in Chimbu Province.

It was in this landlocked area that one brave man – Paul Sirigine – decided to step out in faith to help ordinary coffee growers in the Bomai Area of the province that saw the birth of his company, Sirigine Coffee Producers (SCP).

Overwhelming evidence found in exploitation case

Willie Gare of the Gumine district of Chimbu Province is facing allegations in a case that is somewhat rare in the country.

He returned to the Committal Court on Wednesday where Magistrate Cosmas Bidar made his ruling on the sufficiency of evidence. He is expected back in court on Sept 29 where his lawyer will make a response in the court finding sufficient evidence against him, this being his section 96 statement.

Chimbu aims to tap into inbound tourism

The people of this rugged, limestone riddled with steep gorges and ravines and their provincial governments over the years never benefited from any tourism income.

The rugged and perilous features of the province however provides some of the most scenic views in the country. It hosts Mt Wilhelm, the highest landmark and  a tourism icons in the South Pacific. The drive itself from Kundiawa to Kegasugl at the foot of Mt Wilhelm, named by German explorers in honour of their Emperor Fredrick Wilhelm, is a million kina experience.

Gumine lockup gets help from Authority

 Jail Commander Corporal Joe Kaupa said so far the district has helped them to rehabilitate prisoners.

"The Gumine District Administrations has looked after us with logistics and resources. These include the purchase of a new Toyota Land Cruiser and the renovation of the lockup, “he told Loop PNG this week.

Corporal Kaupa said there are two lock-ups in the province. The other one is at Coglme, in the Kundiawa/Gembogl electorate.