UN condemns Kainantu clash

“We encourage all parties to renew their interest in building a sustainable peace,” said UN Resident Coordinator Gianluca Rampolla. “Both parties have suffered such great loss of life. Further violence will only cause more loss.” 

It is understood the recent fighting between the Tapo and Agarabi tribes began following a disagreement over land rights related to a small alluvial mine. Prior to an agreed exchange of compensation in 13 March, a fight erupted which led to 6 members of the Agarabi tribe being killed and homes of Agarabi tribe members being destroyed.

Polye assures locals for stake in Yonki Hydro Project

Accompanied by his Eastern Highlands Regional candidate, Castan Maibawa, Polye entered Kainantu by helicopter to a rousing welcome where he made the assurance.

Polye claims the government had bulldozed the project without having a round table discussion to address landownership issues.

He has also promised that during his first 100 days in office, he and Kainantu Open Candidaate, Ovo Buni Kaka, would deliver a modern market facility, water supply and, sanitation and sewage project for the station.

67 to contest Kainantu open

Assistant Returning Officer Jamaika Agba told Loop PNG that out of the total, three candidates have also put their hands up to contest.

They are Esther Siruwe, Marie Simo and Lynetth Neneo.

Agba said the officials will be compiling the candidates’ files and will issue them their box numbers today.

He described the nomination week as the best with no record of illegal activities reported.

He called on the candidates to encourage their supporters to support and campaign peacefully and not to create nuisance during the campaign and polling period.

Berldon Timah nominates for Kainantu open

More than 10,000 people came in truckloads and buses to witness the occasion.

Timah is confident to win the seat currently held by Johnson Tuke.

“I want to change Kainantu and make it a role model in the country.

“My people have been neglected for the past years and now is the time to give them what they deserve.”

With a Masters degree in Business management, Timah said the people of Kainantu deserve better as they are the economic corridor to the other Highlands provinces.

He is contesting under the PNG Socialist Party.

History made with first woman mayor elected

Government officers in Goroka confirmed that David is the first female to have been sworn in as a town mayor in the Highlands region.

David, aged 45, hails from Henganofi and lives in Kainantu town for the past 25 years with her spouse and children operating shops and restaurants.

She was declared winner for Ward 3 in the Kainantu Urban Local Level Government in the 2013 local government elections and served as the deputy mayor until early last week when she was elected to the mayor's post by the ward councillors.


Yonki-Kainantu accident over night

The accident happened between Kainantu and Yonki in the Eastern Highlands province near a place called Kolwara Mountain around 10pm involving a 25 seater PMV coaster bus and a Hino Container truck.  

Yonki Police station commander Ambros Mara confirmed receiving reports of the accident last night and said no deaths have been reported as yet.

He said the 25 seater PMV coaster bus was travelling down on the Highlands highway when it was hit on the driver side by the Hino container truck.