Southern Highlands Province

MP rejects road report

He said, “My demand for an independent audit of the following projects by Construct Oceanic Ltd in SHP is non-negotiable.”

The projects he is making reference to include:

  1. Kagua Town Sealing;
  2. Mendi 4 Lane Road Sealing;
  3. Oiyarep stadium for cancelled PNG Games; Kagua Soccer stadium, Nipa Basketball courts etc not done;
  4. Mendi Airport Runway Sealing Subcontract; and 
  5. Mendi to Nipa Road Sealing

Dr Joseph had called for an audit into the failed or incomplete projects by Construct Oceanic Limited (COL).

Contractor rebuts MP’s claims on road contract

“As such, we want to disprove some incorrect and misleading information published on both social media and mainstream media by the MP for Nipa Kutubu in relation to Mendi-Nipa Road upgrading and sealing,” Mr Molumi said.

“The MP alleged that about K90 million (65%) out of the total K221 million were already paid, yet there was no sign of progress on the sealing of the 58 kilometers road.

“This information is false and not true because the total money paid to date is K65, 361 561.00 with an outstanding payment of K3, 408, 668.20.”

U.S. Gov’t, Santos power up community

In partnership with the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority, Santos through the Santos funded Oil Search Foundation (OSF) and USAID launched the Pimaga Rural Hospital Solar Electrification Project on March 28 at Pimaga, in Nipa Kutubu District, SHP. 

The mini grid installed through the project will now serve not only hundreds of patients seen at the clinic but will also provide power to the dozen or more clinic staff and their families who live on the health clinic compound.

Female hostage released

One female hostage has been released by the armed criminals in Mt Bosavi, Southern Highlands Province.

Deputy Commissioner of Police and Chief of Operation Dr Philip Mitna confirmed the Papua New Guinean female was released to police on Wednesday afternoon.

She (name withheld) is now with police whilst negotiation is ongoing to secure the release of the other four.

Police Commissioner David Manning reiterated that police are authorised to use full force of the law to secure the people being held, and to immobilise and apprehend the criminals.

Marape calls for peace, unity for SHP

Prime Minister James Marape made these remarks when addressing the Southern Highlands Provincial Assembly meeting in Mendi on Thursday.

Marape said he was pleased to see reconciliation between the provincial leaders, during the Provincial Assembly swearing-in of MPs; and said this would enable their people to promote and maintain peace and unity.

The Prime Minister also appealed to the leaders of the province to return home and promote vital sectors such as agriculture, health, infrastructure and education, among others.

K53m for outstanding SHP projects

Prime Minister made this announcement when addressing the people of Southern Highlands at Momei oval in Mendi on Thursday.

The Prime Minister also delivered K4m for the completion of the Mendi Airport.

He also thanked Governor, William Powi for the Southern Highlands Provincial referral hospital to be completed by 2027.

Marape further announced that the Government stands ready to support the provincial government in completing high impact projects.

Sepik Pride squad assembled

Sepik Pride Chairman, Bradley Simon has assembled players this week as they kick off their journey to Digicel Cup. 

Players from Port Moresby and East Sepik will travel to Ialibu for a week preparation where players From Lae, Goroka and SHP will join the group before the SHP 9s kick off. 

Simon said: “As we await the decision by PNG National Rugby League Competitions, EMK Sepik Pride has taken a bold step on our first mission, and that is to take part in the SHP 9s.”

SHP Students Call For Peace

The UPNG Southern Highlands Student Association are offering their sincere condolences to the families and tribesmen of those who have lost loved ones when Mendi was turned into a battlefield by supporters of rival Southern Highlands Regional candidates.

The tragic event happened on the morning of 18th of August 2022. Government services such as hospitals and schools were disrupted due to the intense counting period.

Candidates Rebut Powi’s Call

In an earlier call, Powi requested the PNG Electoral Commission to move counting location for Southern Highlands Regional to a neutral location, which is far from the realities on the ground.

The candidates’ spokesperson and current leader for the SHP provincial race, Peter Nupiri in a statement said the call is nothing short of seeking attention and public pity to some extent.

“It must not happen this time around and he must learn how to win elections the democratic way, through the ballot.

Southern Highlands Polling Peaceful

PPC Yangen said he did not receive any major incident and people have demonstrated that they wanted a peaceful, free, fair, safe and corruption-free election.
He said the candidates, supporters, and the public cooperated and behaved well during polling. PPC Yangen is expecting the same for counting leading up to declarations.
He was impressed when the people cooperated with electoral officials and security personnel to ensure the boxes were brought safely into Mendi Town for storage.