Madang

Months later, bridge yet to be rebuilt

The bridge, which collapsed on Thursday, January 04th, is a link that serves many villagers from parts of Sumkar, Karkar and locals from East Sepik who travel via dinghies from Angoram to Bogia and other boat stops.

It is believed that the infrastructure was over 60 years old, and collapsed under excessive weight caused by a semi-trailer transporting an excavator.

Madang LOs call for royalty

The four major landowner chairmen met with the Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke, recently to air their grievances.

In a meeting recently held in Port Moresby, the landowners from the Kurumbukari, Basamuk, Basamuk Coastal Pipeline and Maijuri inland pipeline urged Minister Tuke to give them feedback on their overdue royalty payments since the beginning of the project in 2013.

Toby Bare, chairman of Kurumbukari Landowners Association, said the landowners have been waiting patiently for the past years for the Government to hear their plight but nothing has been forthcoming.

Wanted suspects captured in Madang

The suspects had conducted an armed robbery in a shop at Karkar Island and had fled by boat to Sarang village, located along the North Coast Road of Madang.

Talidig Police with the assistance of Lae based MS 13 apprehended three prime suspects of the eight who were armed with a factory made shotgun and home-made shotgun.

The suspects, after realising that they had nowhere to run, surrendered to a Foursquare Church pastor.

Governor yet to respond to Madang petition

Following the recent unrest where 4 youth were shot dead by police whilst protesting the continuous harassment suffered by locals, a petition was presented to Governor Peter Yama on April 17.

“They never responded to us. For whatever reason, we are still kept in the dark,” spokesperson of the group, Kamal Naus, told Loop PNG.

Madang used to be a safe haven: Kramer

Madang MP Bryan Kramer says most of the law and order issues can be attributed to the fact that most of the trouble makers and drifters from neighbouring provinces have taken refuge in the town area.

“Madang now has become one of the crime capitals of the country, simply because every trouble maker has come to Madang.”

The Member says he intends to work with the Local level Government council and start to carry out social mapping of all Madang land and in terms of settlements, understand who the troublemakers are and ensure that they are evicted from the province.

Final respects paid to late judge

The late judge was flown from Port Moresby on Sunday.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia handed the late judge’s body over to the provincial government.

It was a rough journey through tracks and rivers before the late judge's body arrived at his home last night.

More than 100 vehicles from the Madang Provincial Government convoyed with the body.

The late Justice Ipang’s funeral service is currently underway at the Malala Secondary School hall.

Madang welcomes late judge

More than 100 vehicles convoyed with the body of the late judge around the town before stopping at the Madang National Court House.

Whilst at the Madang National Court House, the body of the late Justice was handed over to the Madang Provincial Government by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.

Madang Governor Peter Yama accepted the body of the late judge and described him as a leader who did not take sides nor fear making decisions in court.

The late judge passed away in Port Moresby on April 3. It is understood he was brought to Port Moresby for medical treatment.

Committee to respond to Madang petition

Acting provincial administrator, John Bivi, said the administration could not respond to the petition in 48 hours as demanded as they will need more time to look into all the demands.

Bivi claimed most of the demands in the petition were politicised and lacked substance.

He said once the committee completes a draft to respond to the petition, they will give it to Governor Peter Yama for his input.

Bivi also said most leaders involved, or who were allegedly seen amongst the crowds during the stand-off, must also be present to answer to some of the demands.

MP responds to Madang police boss

Chief Inspector Ben Neneo wanted an explanation as to why some leaders were seen with the people but were not able to stop them from protesting, which led to a number of deaths and injuries recently.

Neneo said leaders seen among the crowd were Bogia MP Robert Naguri, Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro and former governor James Yali.

PPC defends officers

Three youth were shot at Gum Bridge, outside of Madang town, while another was killed at Four-Mile during the recent unrest.

PPC Neneo said his officers were retaliating to save one of their colleagues, who was attacked by the locals.

He clarified that the police officer, who was from that area, was driving to Madang town from his village when that incident happened.