Southern Highlands Province

K1 million For Siwi-Utame Road

Recently, while announcing the K2 million funding for the road for East Pangia in Ialibu-Pangia District, Governor Powi also mentioned that a funding of K1 million has been allocated to Siwi-Utame Loop Road project.

The Chairman of Utame Elites Association, Teejay Pakawi and the leaders of Utame thanked the Southern Highlands Provincial Government for making funding available for the road project.

NGOs Partner To Empower Women

Founder of Mama Halpim Mama Foundation, Ruth Undi sealed the partnership of K10, 000 for its office setup.

To witness the occasion was Kagua Erave district administration officer, Ludwig Orapawa, and more than 60 members of the Civil rights movement. Mrs Undi urged the government to empower the women because they are the backbone of the society.

Kagua Erave district was on the spotlight in Sorcery Related Accusations Violence (SARV) when four women were burnt alive and killed last month in the Aiya LLG.

Manning calls for arrests

The incident took place in Pawa-Yamo Village, Kagua District, Southern Highlands province.

 

“Everyone will be identified and arrested. Even if it means we have to arrest every member of a clan or tribe we will do so. This madness has got to stop. We are in the 21st century and such barbaric actions must be quickly stopped with the full force of the law,” Manning said.

 

He added that there are no innocent bystanders.

 

“Everyone who was at the scene and did nothing to stop the tortures are just as guilty as the ones who tortured the women.”

SHP Women Demand Change

The demand for change has brought about a civil rights movement in partnership with Mama Halipim Mama Foundation to prepare the Action Plan for the women of Southern Highlands Province.

The plan will shed light and support for women across the province, as funds for the women are in Court, where the National Council of Women and the Mendi Community Development office are engaged in dispute. 

The National Council of Women has a commitment to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse at the individual agency level.

COVID-19 Cripples Mendi Hospital

Unconfirmed reports from within Mendi hospital stated that out of the 1400 people who have been tested for COVID-19 under rapid testing, 550 were confirmed cases. Alarmingly, 11 deaths recorded so far were COVID-19 related with 55 have been admitted in the wards and 35 very ill people are camping in tents outside the hospital, as there is no space in the hospital.

From the 11 that passed on, eight are male and three females but many who have died outside the hospital are not on record.

Everyday People PNG: Stanley Warena

He has an educational level to grade 10. He completed his secondary school certification at Kaupena High School in 2004 and didn’t further his tertiary institution so he stayed back in the village.

Stanley lives at Taurama next to the Dove Funeral Home with a brother on a small block of land they purchased from a local landowner.

People’s Safety Guaranteed

The Southern Highlands police held a parade at the Imbonggu district office at Walume, last Saturday to assure the public of their safety.

Member for Imbonggu, Pila Niningi took time off to inspect the parade and make sure everything was in order and set before the show.

Deputy Operation and eastern end Commander Senior Inspector, Philip Kumo said manpower for the operation consists of 156 men divided into four zones.

PSA Board Sworn-in

The management board will be working closely with its partners to deliver services to their people.

The PSA boards were established to serve the interest of landowners of the Mining and Petroleum impact project areas, thus the SPA for the East Mananda LLG will assist the Lake Kutubu Local Level Government Council in ensuring there is access to water, health, education and transportation infrastructure.

NDB Branches out to Imbonggu

Chairman of NDB, Michael Yake Mel and his team visited Imbonggu District this week and inspected the newly set up banking facility at the district's headquarters in Walume.

Mr Mel commended the Imbonggu District Development Authority for the efforts and initiative taken in providing office space to accommodate for the operations and banking services for NDB staff.

He said this would enable the bank staff to provide efficient banking services to the people of Imbonggu and the province.

Pr Kaku requests SHP by-election

Petitioner Pastor Bernard Kaku, the fourth runner up candidate in the 2017 Southern Highlands Provincial seat general elections, is challenging Governor-elect William Powi.

Submissions from legal teams from both sides and the Electoral Commission presented their arguments to Justice David Cannings on Tuesday afternoon.

Lawyer representing Pastor Kaku argued that the Provincial Returning Officer, Steven Kaupa, failed to complete and determine the results of the counting, by prematurely declaring William Powi as the elected leader.