Komo celebrates after 37 years

The operator of PNG LNG Project, ExxonMobil PNG, is proud to be supporting this inaugural event which is a culmination of the Komo youth’s peace campaign early this year to promote peace through the sport of rugby league as the vehicle.

The two day event which started on Independence Day was organised by the Komo Independence celebrations committee headed by Komo-Hulia LLG president Charles Delago and other community leaders.

Rugby league stars inspire Komo

PNG LNG Kumuls and Hunters coach Michael Marum, NRL manager and former PNG Orchids captain, Cathy Neap, and Hunters players William Mone from Hela and Stanton Albert from Southern Highlands spent a day in Komo, providing support and encouragement to young men and women who have reinvigorated rugby league to promote peace and unity in their community.

Disaster villagers call for resettlement

The leaders of the council wards in those affected areas came to Port Moresby last weekend and raised their concerns and tried to get answers.

The leaders were led by Deputy Governor for Hela, Thomas Potabe, who raised concerns that their people are currently in fear and cannot go back to their villages.

Potabe said most of their properties were lost including gardens and road networks.

“We must resettle our people to new locations as we cannot go back to our villages in fear of the earthquake.”

Massive arms surrender in Hela

The weapons included sixty homemade and ten factory made guns that were brought over as the amnesty period nears its deadline.

Two key warring tribal groups, from the Maia tribe in Emberali ward, took the lead and handed over their weapons in what was termed a ‘breakthrough for peace’ in the province.

Hela Governor Francis Potape, who was present with his provincial assembly members, said he will pursue the matter to ensure that a permanent police barracks is stationed at Komo to look after its gas area.