Hela

PM vows justice for victims

The news of the massacre on Monday morning went viral on social media, which the Prime Minister descried as the saddest day of his life, that many children and mothers were innocently murdered in Munima and Karida villages in his electorate in Tari.

Twenty-three bodies were chopped into pieces and were later collected by health workers in Karida village, Tari, and put in mosquito nets following a revenge attack by gunmen from Haguai, Liwi and Okiru.

Finance Minister urges LOs to return home

He said individuals are claiming to be genuine landowners when they are not.

Speaking this morning as a local MP from Tari in Hela Province, Finance Minister Marape called on all landowners to go home and identify their land.

He said many ‘paper landowners’ are roaming the streets of Port Moresby without any purpose in life.

“Can we have all those so-called landowner leaders living in Port Moresby go home and help with the LOBID exercise?

“Go sanap lo baret kaukau blo yu, or diwai blo yu or maunten blo yu na tokim mipla olsem yu tru tru papa graun”.

New Deputy Governor for Hela

Panguma took over from Thomas Potabe.

Announcing the appointment on Tuesday in Hela during the Provincial Executive Council meeting, Governor Philip Undialu said the appointment of Panguma was in the interest of the Hela people.

He said the PEC is confident that Panguma will assist the leaders and deliver to the people of Hela.

Incumbent Deputy Governor, Thomas Potabe, who was also present at first Hela Assembly meeting for 2019, accepted the decision and congratulated the new Deputy.

Hamiya’s Hela petition dismissed

Justice Ellenas Batari was of the view the grounds presented by Dr Hamiya had no merits.

Dr Hewali Hamiya raised issues in the petition regarding conduct of the election and the lack of scrutiny provided by the Electoral Commission.

He alleged other irregularities of the conduct of the election, like hijacking of ballot boxes, use of excess ballot papers’ errors and omissions; and that the Electoral Commission provided poor scrutiny on the conduct of the election.

Rebuilding health infrastructure in Hela

Member for Koroba-Lake Kopiago and Minister for Immigration & Border Security, Petrus Thomas, presented a cheque of K200,000 of district funding to support rehabilitation works at the Koroba District Hospital.

This was at an event on Friday 7 September in Port Moresby, also attended by Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis and Oil Search Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Copus-Campbell.

Delta Company to be deployed to Hela

The Delta Company of the First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment are on standby to be sent over to the province.

According to the Chief of Joint Operations, Colonel Ezekia Wenzel, the thirty plus troops will be sent over to relieve the current Alpha Company that has been on duty there for the past four months.

Colonel Wenzel says that the troops have been tasked to reinforce exiting security on ground while at the same time maintain a presence on ground.

Landowners shut Komo airfield

The landowners gave their petition on May 10, 2018, calling on the Government and the developer, ExxonMobil, to review the UBSA agreement and make Komo Airfield Facility a standalone project.

Talking to this newsroom from the Komo airfield today, chairman of the Komo landowners, Michael Tiki, is urging the Government to respond to their petition or the closure of the airfield will be definite.

“We have given the Government ample time but they haven’t responded to our petition,” he reiterated.

Marape calls for surrender of guns

Marape made this call today after visiting his people recently.

Whilst in the province, Mr Marape met with elders from Huli and Duna in Pori and discussed ways of dealing with tribal issues back home.

“I have made it absolutely clear that murderers must surrender guns ( home-made or factory made) and present themselves to Police, only then will I, as the chairman of my council of Huli Elders hand down our compensation decisions.

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Guam praises US-North Korea deal

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The Governor of Guam Eddie Calvo says the territory can breathe more easily after an agreement between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump

 

Hela proposes two additional electorates

UN representatives visit quake affected areas

Gianluca Rampolla, UN Resident Coordinator in PNG, along with David Mcloughlin, Country Representative, UNICEF PNG and Robert Dekker, Emergency Coordinator, UN World Food Programme (WFP) met with communities in some of the most severely-affected communities to talk about their needs and also distributed food and other relief items.