Landslides block off Menyamya road

Landslides are affecting the far-flung district of Morobe Province, making travelling difficult.

A village leader at Angapena, Jack Joab, said a recent massive landslide has blocked off a number of roads, causing inconvenience to the travelling public.

“The rain has done a lot of damages to our only road into the district.”

Joab said though risky, vehicles had to navigate around the debris and continue on with their goods and passengers.

The bad weather has also delayed counting at the Menyamya by-elections at Menyamya station.

Counting underway in Menyamya by-election

Returning Officer Nande Awape said there were four counting venues for the primary counts and the quality checks will be done at Kome, Wapi, Nanima/Kariba and Kapao LLGs. They will be later transported to Menyamya station for the checks and elimination.

Kome LLG started their counting yesterday.

“I have allowed commencing since they were ready,” said Awape.


Menyamya by-election to proceed

Commissioner Patilias Gamato said he had written to the SOE Controller David Manning to exempt both districts from the lock-down, so they can conduct the by-elections.

However, Manning responded and asked the PNGEC to hold back on the by-elections, but Gamato said the decision to hold them, rests on him as the electoral Commissioner.

“This is no disrespect and disobedience to the laws and regulations of the SoE,” Gamato said.

Naru pays youths to open road

He also gave some money to the youths and told them not to harass the travelling public.

"This is a national highway and I appeal to all of you not to harass or humiliate the public and contractors who come to repair the bridge,” urged Governor Naru.

“Refrain from this as I am giving you some money and want this road to be opened."

Naru gave K10,000 (K5,000 each) to both Wampit and Timini youths.

He said people from Bulolo and Menyamya districts are their people and they must not be threatened; they should be able to move around freely.

Heavy downpour isolates Morobe districts

Continuous rain has swept away a section of the Warabung Bridge at the border of Huon Gulf and Bulolo districts.

The gap was 4 metres apart and 5 metres deep. However, another heavy downpour on Sunday night widened the opening to 8 metres.

Morobe Governor Kasiga Kelly Naru visited the scene on Monday and appealed to the people not to demand unnecessarily from authorities.

He also said these roads are national roads and they should not capitalise on the situation by extorting money from travelers.