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Subject: Re: Enga Prov Govt and Elites team up to combat tribal fight


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Kambi
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Date Posted: Fri, Aug 24 2007, 12:52:18am
In reply to: Enga Lenge 's message, "Enga Prov Govt and Elites team up to combat tribal fight" on Wed, Aug 22 2007, 10:37:42pm

The issue of tribal fight keeps coming up and many people contributed to the discussion in some treads in this forums some months back.

It was commonly agreed in those treads that Tribal fight needs to be solved by Engans in Enga. Fr Laka indicated he was going to be in Enga around the Christmas period of 2006 and was willing to organise a forum or rally of shots to try and bring people together to discuss possible solutions on tribal fight. I understand it is a big ask but there are people back home who are fed up with tribal fight so will participate in a purposefull gathering aimed towards eradicating this social ill that goes beyond known history. I am a victim of this very dreadful social ill and I am quite interested to take part in some ways towards addressing it but the sad fact is I am living outside of the province and would not contribute meaningfully towards addressing it. I believe it needs concerned Engans living in Enga to get together to fix this problem. I am willing to assist financially if a working committee is setup within Enga.

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1aku
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Date Posted: Fri, Aug 24 2007, 09:48:04pm

Tribal fighting in Enga has been a norm to our culture and is to date. It is a sensitive issue. I totally agree with all been said by Enga Lenge. TapuMalo (my tambu lewa), I agree with you too that politicians donít care about tribal fights but I dispute leaving them out of the picture when solving this sensitive issue concerning our province. Whether they like it or not, I strongly feel that we have to make it their business to take part in this great awareness if of such should arise. Our Honourable MPs should be the ones spearheading the whole awareness followed by our Engan elites and other anti-tribal fight advocates.

Secondly, I think the Tribal Fight Act is too lenient on people who engage themselves in tribal warfare as stated by Mr. Sam Abel (http://www.thenational.com.pg/082307/nation4.htm). The warring tribes can be arrested by police but are innocent until proved guilty. In most cases they are released because there are no witnesses. Thus the Tribal Fight Act should be amended to make it harsher on people who go into tribal warfare. People who engage themselves in Tribal fights one-way or the other, spectators or not but if they are caught within the vicinity of the combat zone should be taken into custody except for women and children. Once apprehended, there should be no bail, no fine and be headed straight to Baisu or whichever appropriate prison camp for like more than 2 or 3 years with hard labour.

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