Southern Highlands Province

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.

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.

LO questions K16m Building Project

Local Alex Awesa says five years after the contract was awarded the building has not been built. 

Landowner and businessman Alex Awesa is questioning the status of the proposed development of the Three (3) Story Seat of Good Governance Building in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.

Awesa says the contact for the K16 million project was awarded to Pacific Industrial Resources (PNG) Limited in 2016 but to date there is no structure, let alone any ground work. 

The proposed site of the building is directly opposite the Agricu Centre.

Treasury break-in an ‘inside job’

The incident occurred between June 28th and the early hours of June 29th when masked men entered the Agiru Centre and made off with important documents.

Community leader and former advisor to Government interface, Martin Firmin Pat, told this newsroom the incident occurred when an audit was about to be conducted into the province’s spending of public funds.

K20 million allocated for PNG Games

The K20 million was part of the K400 million 2020 provincial budget break up.

The Provincial Budget consisted of K218 million in the National Government grants and Provincial Government Internal Revenue of K192 million.

The Southern Highlands Provincial Host Organising Committee of the PNG Games is very excited about the support it received from the provincial government.

Muruks announce Nami as Coach for 2019

PRK Mendi Muruks Chairman,  Isaac Luke, mande the announcement on Wednesday (Jan 30th).

Isaac said the announcement is part of the club's rebranding and re-strategy for a new and improved flagship team for the Southern Highlands Province.

Speaking for the first time as the Head Coach, Nami said he was happy to join the club after being released from the Lahanis.

Policeman charged with murder

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Crimes and Commander of the Investigative Task Force (ITF) in Mendi, Hodges Ette, alleged that the defendant, who is a local policeman, negligently and without lawful reasons discharged a firearm resulting in the pellet which ricocheted and caused the death of another person.

The policeman, Constable Moses Snow of Kware village in Nipa, and attached to Nipa Police Station, was arrested and charged for the murder of the youth. The incident occurred last weekend.