18-year sentence for Morobe murder

Jimmy Somo of Gomena village pleaded guilty before the Lae National Court to attacking Kove Gomena, which led to his death.

Gomena died on 5 March 2016 from injuries inflicted by his biological brother, Sep Gomena and Somo.

The deceased that day armed himself with two bush knives and was acting violently. In the course of this, he was said to have cut the baby who was then sleeping in a bilum.

In retaliation, men from the community charged at the deceased, who dropped the bush knife and surrendered to them.

Residents advised of drill rigs

Residents in Morobe have been advised to take note of the presence of two drill rigs operating near Lae, along the Markham River valley, and on the Atzera Range.

WGJV stated that the rigs are drilling shallow holes, to depths of 70 metres, to investigate the suitability of ground conditions at a number of locations.

This is part of the overall current studies to examine potential infrastructure options and the feasibility for the Wafi-Golpu project.

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This is according to party leader Sam Basil and his team of 7 other Morobean political leaders.
Basil told the media today how a united front will change the province for the better.


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Morobe set for polling

Provincial Returning Officer, Simon Soheke said local level governments of Lae, Ahi, Wampar and Nawae Urban will conduct one day polling on Thursday June 29.

He said in Morobe alone more than 400 thousand eligible voters will cast their votes starting this Saturday.

Soheke said most polling materials have been distributed, while materials for about four districts have yet to be sent out.

​Butibam road to be resealed

The 1.5 kilometre road from Kamkumung passing through Butibam village, and connecting Busu Road, will cost the Morobe Provincial Government K1.9 million.

The project is a commitment made by Naru during the opening of the Butibam Resource Centre, funded by the Lae District Development Authority (DDA), in August last year.

“This project will commence within the next few days and it will take eight weeks to complete,” the Governor said during the official ground breaking ceremony last Saturday.

New vehicles for Bulolo police

In a low key ceremony at Mumeng government station yesterday (April 15), the vehicles and the houses were given to the police by the local MP and Deputy Opposition Leader, Sam Basil.

The Toyota Land Cruiser utes were for Bulolo, Wau and Mumeng.

When handing over the vehicles, Basil said presentation had been delayed as there weren’t enough funds to purchase them.

Baki promotes senior constables

The Commissioner of Police has recognised and praised the efforts of his officers who commit their time in the communities.

Gari Baki said such officers should be given credit where it's due.

The Commissioner was in the Huon Gulf Electorate in Morobe Province over the weekend.

Morobe Patrol Post rural police station Commander James Maiwan was promoted to Sergeant and OIC Trans National Crimes Manu Pulei was elevated to Senior Sergeant.

Both members served more than 20 years within the Constabulary and had been recommended for field promotion.

20 arrested over Angau disturbance

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr confirmed that the incident happened on Saturday between 9pm and 10pm.

“From police reports, there was a fight which broke out outside Huon Gulf Hotel between security guards and a group of men. The fight spilled out onto the main road where Police were able to disperse the crowd,” Wagambie Jr said.  

Late Zurenuoc’s funeral service today

A large number of dignitaries will attend the service, including the Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

The dignitaries were scheduled to assemble at 10am for the funeral service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a stone's throw from the late statesman's residence at Eriku.

After the service, the body will be laid to rest at the State cemetery, which is opposite the Huon Gulf Hotel.