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Subject: Re: Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all?

Interested Gr. 10 Liva
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Date Posted: Wed, Oct 18 2006, 03:15:49am
In reply to: Fr. Robert Plews Laka, SVD 's message, "Can Tribal Fright be Eradicated once and for all?" on Tue, Oct 17 2006, 01:56:55am

Fr. Robert Laka,

I appreciate your efforts to bring the issue of Tribal Fight into this forum and I am looking forward to hear any constructives ideas that can be contributed to eradicate the sickness that is in us, Engans.

You have ruled out Tee and Maku to stop tribal fight. I was thinking at that as a simple ordinary Engan, in that I may have had a glimpse of the points Wan Pipol shared.

I am kind of confused here, what are you looking at? a scientific way of eradicating what you rightly pointed out as "having its roots to our forefathers" or, are we looking at political intervention through law enforcements to eradicate what we all hate. I would like to hear your comments, together with other peoples.

Enough of these campaigns and showing of intellectual debates that would not benefit all, but a selected few. Talk about something concrete here on this form. Education was one which Fr. Laka had expressed; development was another and now Tribal Fights. These are issues which needs collective intellectual minds to share, rather then throughing ideas to show "tapumbai" in the level of educations you have achieved.

Gr. 10 Liva

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Andersen Aipit (Concerned Engan)
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Date Posted: Wed, Nov 29 2006, 08:51:58am

Hello Everyone

My name is Andersen Aipit. I accidentially ran into this Forum thing while I was searching for Enga matters! I am touched by the manner in which Father Laka started the discussion here and the manner in which concerned Engans are airing their views.

I have much to say on this topic, so much so that I could indeed complete a Thesis. However to get to the point I agree with Father Laka that nothing is ever so permanent! If you give it some thought it's a wonderfull feeling to know that the dreaded disease of Tribal Fighting CAN BE ERADICATED FOR GOOD in our beloved Province!

Incidentially Tribal Fighting WAS WIPED AWAY in 1994 when I was the Acting Governor (Administrator) of Enga Province!

Some of the Tribal Fights that I was directly involved in putting off were the Yambaran Pausa and Yambaran Watenge Fight of Tsak that went on for 5 years, Biok Tribal Fight in Kandep, Lakeraes Brutal Killings in Laiagam, Pape-Makele and Putiti Tribal Fights in Sirunki to mention a few. I also tried to put off the Waitin-Weapo Tribal Fight in Laiagam. Only recently I made arrangements and called meetings amongst affected parties to put off the Waitin-Pape and Yulu-Kunalin Fights. That's a gift that the Good Lord seems to have given to me and I am grateful and overjoyed when peace is often restored in Tribal Fights that you think may never end.

Once the Tribal Fights were stopped in 1994, I got on the Councillors, Village Court Magistrates, Youth Leaders, Women Leaders, Pastors and Public Servants including Policemen were tasked to LOOK AFTER THE VILLAGES. Not a single NEW Tribal Fight erupted when I was heading Enga. A Mr Andrew Rai from Tsak was selected and appointed ON MERIT as Peace and Good Order Officer and he did a A+ job! Yes, there were a few tribesmen and close friends that I could have given that job and if I did Tribal Fights in Enga would not have got eradicated during my reign!

But then, Father Laka, one can cannot attend to Tribal Fighting on it's own. That will be like feeding your say tummy only and letting your hands and legs go without food and what a funny shape you would be in! The Roads must be built as how can you go and stop the Tribal Fights in Anditale area when the Road had been cut off like it has been for years now! No wonder all my beloved Kalepoes are allowed to slaughter each other. Painful indeed!
But then the Word of God is very explicit in that it is said: "when the righteous rule, people REJOICE and when the evil rule, people SUFFER". The CHOICE is really left to the people to decide what type of life they prefer especially when it comes to choosing the type of leaders TO LOOK AFTER THEM, THAT IS THE PEOPLE, NOT THE ELECTED LEADERS!

Finally Carpenters are poor Mechanics, Teachers are poor Doctors, Councillors cannot make good Governors and the list goes on! This is because God has given each and everyone of us a Gift and we should all try to stick to our Gifts. If we continue miss-matching our leaders then we may never find any solutions to our Tribal Fighting, Corruption such as Stealing from Enga's Purse by your elected leaders and public servants, Road problems, Agriculture and Business Development problems and the list goes on.

Sorry, got carried off there so my sincere appologies but like some one said up there do not let your thoughts remain in this Forum or within you. Always look out for what little you can do that will make our beloved Enga a better place for us and more so our beloved people to live in. Some Christians are saying 2007 is a year of change for the better! I tend to believe in that too so let's all Pray about it to see how the Good Lord is leading us into that new Year with hope that amongst other things the dreaded Tribal Fighting which has claimed almost 10,000 lives (a study needs to be carried out to verify this figure) in the last 12 years and displaced over 100,000 people from their rightful villages that are deserted and ofcourse millions of kina worth of Government properties as well as people's houses, coffee gardens and trees and kau kau and vegetable gardens for villagers. Indeed for the record, the last 10 years have been the darkest decade for Enga!

I am on agb@daltron.com.pg and always available to discuss further on this and other issues that are affecting our God blessed Province, yet being ruined!

God Bless.

Andersen Aipit
Former Enga Administrator

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