Pastor’s Death Update

Young Gele was traveling in the same boat as late Reverend Pene Ila and his wife Sina. The bodies of the pastor and his wife have been found. Unfortunately it has been a week of searching and there is still no sign of Gele.

The news of the passing of a United Church Pastor and his wife has saddened the district.

Rev. Ila from Keapara Village was serving in Kamali Village. He and his wife were traveling to Keapara to vote when they met their fate.

Students Sit Exam Amid Challenges

The 16 Grade 8 students including 10 male and six females, started their examinations on Monday 25th October with English Paper 1, followed by Mathematics, Combined Subjects and ended the exams with the final English Paper 2 on Thursday October 28, 2021.

The school administration faced many challenges especially in the fourth term disrupting classes. Staff and especially the Grade 8 students had little time to prepare for the exams.

New church opened in Kalo

The new church building, worth more than one million kina, opened last Saturday in the presence of a large crowd from Kalo and neighbouring villages.

Pastor for the Kalo Church Salvation Army, Captain John Raga, acknowledged the project architect Late Robert Kapi for his effort in the building of the church till his passing.

He said 11 pioneers passed away during the building of the church while a member of the group and oldest serving soldier, Golo Doge, raised the flag during the opening.

Rigo launches development plan

National Planning Minister Richard Maru, whose department was instrumental in assisting with the formation of the District plan, challenged Rigo to make use of the abundance of land.

The Rigo District Development Plan was launched recently at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

The event was attended by senior government ministers, including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

An elated member for Rigo, Lekwa Gure, thanked the efforts of all partners that were involved in the development of the five year plan.

89 districts, MPs challenged to be accountable

Acting Secretary of the Department of Implementation and Rural Development, Aihi Vaki, wants reports and acquittals for Service Improvement Programs, 5 year development plans and non-discretionary funds to precisely show the link between decisions, development plans and implementation and how funds were used in these areas.

This, he says, is the basis of delivering tangible development.

Vaki said it is required by law that these reports and acquittals be submitted.

Rigo petition dismissed

The election petition disputing Lekwa Gure’s election as Rigo member was dismissed today for being incompetent.

The Waigani National Court dismissed the petition that was filed by former member, Ano Pala, on grounds of bribery and errors and omission during counting.

Gure and the Electoral Commission challenged the competency of the petition, which was upheld.

The sitting MP told the court the petition did not plead facts required by section 208 of the organic law and that the petition lacked facts or particulars to support the bribery allegations.

Baby involved in accident

A vehicle crashed head on with a PMV truck, Sunamist, that was travelling to Rigo, Central Province.

Reports stated that the truck hit the smaller vehicle while it was trying to avoid a pothole.

According to the driver of the Camry, he was rushing his wife to the hospital when he tried to avoid the larger truck.

Unfortunately, he turned too late, resulting in the truck crashing into them.

VIDEO: Rigo development priorities

But for decades it has been neglected; depleting administrative buildings, poor road links and run down amenities.
Rebuilding Kwikila Station is high on the agenda for new member elect, Lekwa Gure. 


Caroline Ure with more 



Rigo women seem to be a happy lot!

Situated kilometres outside Port Moresby, it’s not easy to make a living from selling garden produce.

Many constraints stand in the way, including road, transportation, market availability, tools/machines, and proper skills/knowledge in agriculture.

But for the last years since 2012, these worries have been lifted following the partnership with City Pharmacy Limited group.

Through the Rigo Women in Agriculture Cooperative Society, at least 1,000 women have a stable network to supply to, free transport and proper prices for their produce.

Airport heist ‘insider’ refused bail

Alex Una, 38-years-old, from Gogoi village, Rigo, Central Province, and his lawyer went before the court with a bail application last Friday.

That application was refused today by Justice Panuel Mogish because he was of the view that no good reason was put forward by Una to support his bail application.

The judge also raised concerns about the substantial amount of money that was stolen which is yet to be recovered by police.

“A staggering amount of K1.195 million was stolen from Tropicair staff. There is no evidence that all the monies have been recovered.