Enga Province

65-year-old inspires community

Not only is he sharing a Grade 9 classroom this year with students four times younger than him, but he has also been appointed as the student council’s president at Mulitaka High School.

Lagaip counting venue disputed

This follows after a one-day peaceful polling on the 31st of October 2023, were 70 boxes were retrieved and brought to the Wabag police station for safekeeping.

According to Acting Superintendent PPC Enga George Kakas, after the boxes were safely secured at the police station, the Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai directed the boxes to be transported by security personnel to Goroko for counting due to security reasons.

Ipape appointed as brand ambassador for peace

Kurai Foundation signed a two-month agreement with Ipape who will be the brand ambassador to drive the foundation’s peace program.

The Kurai Foundation Inc. has worked to bring peace and end tribal fights among warring tribal war groups in Enga for the past 12 months. This year the foundation intends to extend the program to Hela. 

Ipape will be engaged using media to bring the message of peace to the people of Enga and Hela.

CEO of the foundation Ghandi Katao explained why they chose Ipape to be their brand ambassador.

Enga’s engagement in PNG Labour Mobility Program

However, in a transformative move, Enga has emerged as one of the leading provinces in Papua New Guinea actively participating in the PNG Labour Mobility Program.

This initiative, set in motion in 2019 through a Parliament decision under the leadership of Prime Minister James Marape, has seen remarkable developments.

Under the visionary guidance of Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, the province has dispatched more than 369 youths to Australia.

Call for Engans to discuss peace

Kundal is an ambassador of the Digicel PNG Foundation’s Men of Honour (MOH) campaign. He is an unsung hero for the Highlands region.

Enga is made up of many clans and tribes. What sets Enga Province apart from the rest, is that its five districts are bonded by language, culture and traditional values. Tribal fights are not new in Enga, but in the past, disputes among warring tribes are handled with respect.

Double celebration in Enga

The province commemorated PNG’s 48th Independence Anniversary as well as celebrated the EPG Enga Mioks’ victory in the provincial capital of Wabag on Friday, September 15th.

The event started with a motorcade from Wapenamanda to Wabag, covering over 40 kilometres and led by Enga Provincial Administrator, Sandis Tsaka, on his motorbike.

Governor Sir Peter Ipatas joined on his motorcycle, to the excitement of more than 10,000 people who attended the event.

Unity through Pilakambi Native Salt Festival

This historic event follows recent conflict that led to the loss of two lives. Their joint commitment to this celebration highlights a significant move towards community cohesion and lasting peace.

Traveling to the area, the Executive Director of the National Cultural Commission, Steven Kilanda, officially launched the Pilakambi Native Salt Festival on Tuesday, August 15th.

Enga Cultural Show coming up

Forty-four (44) singsing groups from across all six districts of Enga, 15 schools in the area and several groups from neighboring villages will take part as well.

Governor for Enga, Sir Peter Ipatas, stated that Enga is currently under a 3-month curfew which prevents people from moving around between 9pm and 6am.

Suspect Arrested in Helicopter Shooting

The suspect, identified as Peter Yakos, has also been linked to the brutal killings and destruction of Kompiam Station.

Yakos was taken into custody and charged with five counts of wilful murder and one count of arson.

According to Commissioner of Police David Manning, the probe into the series of crimes that took place during the election has been ongoing, and new evidence has come to light, revealing the potential involvement of senior provincial and national leaders in the area at that time.

PNG Air Suspends Wapenamanda Flights

The suspension, effective from 25th July 2023, will remain in place until the airline can ensure the safety and security of its operations in the area.

The decision comes after recent incidents of civil unrest in Wapenamanda, making it unsafe for PNG Air to continue its scheduled flights to the region. The indefinite suspension aims to protect the well-being of the passengers and staff.

The airline issued an apology to its valued customers and the travelling public for any inconvenience caused by this necessary measure.