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Subject: Re: Amapyaka Lutheran International School in Enga in abuse by warring tribes

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Date Posted: Wed, Aug 29 2007, 09:36:18pm
In reply to: Annoyed Engan 's message, "Amapyaka Lutheran International School in Enga in abuse by warring tribes" on Thu, Aug 16 2007, 07:48:12pm

Extract from View Point, Monday 27 Aug and statement by Enga PPC on TheNational todayÖ


Wabag MP must go out and stop tribal fight

It is sad to read about the re-elected MP for Wabag talking about a theoretical solution to an already existing fight on the Wabag-Wapenamanda border which has seen classrooms at Amapyaka and a church at Pina burned to the ground.
The classroom days are over, there is no time to preach, people are dying and properties are being destroyed. If you have been mandated by the people, please go and exercise it. Go and physically stop the fight, talk to the people, these are the very people that voted for you. Are you scared to physically front up as the elected MP because you do not know your people and that mandate was bought for you.
People who mandated leaders like the late Sir Tei Abal would simply walk right into the battle field and stop them. What is the difference now? Itís not because they are armed with factory made guns instead of the old fashioned bow and arrows?
These are the same old people using the guns instead of bows and arrows, why not stop them.
These people deserve to die as well because they accepted the free cash handouts to buy bullets and ammunitions.
They are well equipped now. It would be in the best interest of the mobile squad to stay away from these war zones as MPís are responsible.
Expect more tribal fights, especially in Wabag, because our MPs and supporters dished out cash in the thousands during the campaign period.
One MP even called warring tribes to his village and gave them money to compensate each other.

Ė Yarae Eret via email
Tei urges MPs to address tribal fights

THE Enga Provincial Police Commander (PPC) has challenged all MPs from the province to assist police in addressing tribal fights in the province.
Supt Teddy Tei said leaders in the province had not yet gone down to the people in the battle field with police to stop the fight rather than criticising.
He said this in response to Governor Peter Ipatasí media release last week on the tribal fighting.
Mr Tei said that politicians like Mr Ipatas and respective MPs were pointing fingers at the police for tribal fights but they are also responsible for not going down to the people and talk to them.
He said since he took office in 2005, he personally went into the tribal fighting areas without guns and talked to the people and stop many tribal fights such as Kassap fight in Muritaka, Head Water fight in Laiagam, Surunki, Porgera, Kandep, Ambum and Kompiam tribal fights.
He said the only tribal fight in the province police had been trying their best to stop was the Wapukin and Ambulin fight at Akom at the boarder of Wabag and Wapenamanda districts.
He said that police appreciated Enga provincial government for assistance with funds for their operation but the money spent could not change the mentality of the people.
Mr Tei said that the deployment of police into the fighting zones, funding of police operation and arresting of certain community leaders were short term measures.
He said that the leaders need to dig out the real cause of these tribal fights and solve the problem once and for all.
He said that if this was not done then, Enga province would continue to have tribal fighting related problems.
Meanwhile, Mr Tei said as compared to other provinces, Enga had less criminal activities such as rape, murder, break-and-enter, stealing, car theft, and armed robbery.

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