Plane Burning Suspects Released

Commissioner of Police, David Manning confirmed this during a press conference yesterday, to provide an update on the work of the police.

“We successfully made eleven arrests and all suspects were to stand trial in Kundiawa for arson and willful destruction. However, as court proceedings progressed, the court prosecutor based in Kundiawa suddenly suffered illness and died within hours."

Community March Against Sorcery, Violence

The Kumin Community Health Workers Training School joined by Christians from the other churches, youths and Catholics led the march.

The group chanted with placards and urged the killing of innocent mothers and sisters to stop and want justice and respect to prevail. 

“So-called witchdoctors, glassman and bamboo man that we hire make a business out of these false accusations by pointing fingers to identify our poor mothers and girls, (old/young) in society and destroying their dignity,” said Bishop Donald Lippert of Mendi Diocese and Hela.

Mendi Airport eyes October completetion

The Mendi Airport is currently undergoing a K40.2 million development under the Civil Aviation Development Program (CADIP) implemented by the NAC.

Recently a landowner and busissman and the Southern Highlands Provincial Government raised concerns over projects ono-completion.

Landowner and businessman, Alex Awesa, queried the delay in the completion of the Mendi Airport Redevelopment saying the delay is creating an economic vacuum.

Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, concurred and said the Provincial Government has raised the matter with the NAC.

NAQIA officers in Mendi

NAQIA Managing Director Joel Alu said the team left for Mendi last Wednesday.

Mr Alu confirmed that 15 animal officers from NAQIA are currently in Mendi, Southern Highland Province, to investigate and establish preventative measures to try to contain the outbreak of the African swine fever in the Highlands region.

The African swine fever outbreak was first reported on March 29, 2020.

However, Alu explained that the scientists delayed their travel to Mendi because of the lockdown period.

African Swine fever in PNG

Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, John Simon revealed this in a press conference on Saturday.

Minister said it is not a health threat to humans if they come in contact with pigs, but it will greatly affect those who raise pigs as a source of income and food.

The African swine fever virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs; it causes the death of animals as quickly as a week after infection.

Mendi ready for PNG Games

At a recent media conference, Chairman of the main host organising committee, Sape Molumi, revealed that construction work on the main stadium for the track and field events is now in progress, including facilities for the other team sports.

Despite the negative publicities and the sequence of events that had occurred earlier this year, Mendi and Southern Highlands as a whole is ready to welcome visiting provincial teams to the games once the PNG Games Council gives a thumbs up.

K500, 000 for SHPHOC

He made the presentation in Port Moresby to Chairman of the SHPHOC, Sape Molumi, on Moday January 14th. 

The K500, 000 presented is from the 2018 commitment made by Provincial Government.

This amount is separate from the K10 million which has been allocated in the 2019 Provincial Budget for the necessary infrastructure.

Governor Powi said the presentation is a sign of the commitment of the Provincial Government. Games.

No courthouse, Mendi police in a bind

Resources and logistical support to move detainees and remandees to the nearest courthouse in Ialibu, Nipa or Mt Hagen, is proving to be an administrative and logistical quandary. The only Provincial Correctional Institution has also been closed to accommodate new intakes.

 Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Crimes, Hodges Ette, said it is a daily challenge and continuously exerting serious strain on their meager resources and logistics.

Ten hospitalized after Mendi accident

Southern Highlands acting Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector Gideon Kauke, confirmed that the accident occurred at about 5pm on Tuesday, 24 July, at Kiburu road near Mendi town.

Kauke said a ten-seater Land Cruiser, believed to be a hired vehicle, was transporting passengers from Hagen to Tari when the accident happened along the road.

PM O'Neill condemns Tondop’s statement

The PM expressed disappointment that the sidelined PPC saw fit to make statements that were outside his responsibility.

He further urged police on the ground to carry out their duties in maintaining rule of law and investigate offences without interference from politics.

“I am surprised that the PPC appears out of touch, as reports say he was not even present in Mendi when the burning of assets took place.