Weeklong POM clash halted

A weeklong ethnic clash over land at the Morata settlement in Port Moresby between Eastern Highlanders and Engans yesterday saw leaders reach an amicable agreement after the intervention of police.

The clash resulted in two deaths, seven critical injuries, six houses burnt down and other properties damaged.

Two vehicles, trade stores including six houses were burnt down in the process after failed mediation.

Police intervened early yesterday morning, rounding up to 100 men who were brought to the Gerehu Police Station. 

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N’Dranou and his men met with both sides, where a compromise was reached between community leaders.

Community leaders from both sides agreed to peace and will go back to the Gerehu Police Station today.

Bush knives, bows and arrows and other offensive weapons were surrendered to police at the station yesterday.

N’Dranou said police received intel of six firearms being used in the fight and urged the leaders to bring those guns forward.

Sally Pokiton