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Papua New Guinea

Journalist says Raminai attack false

Allegations by the MP for Kagua-Erave Wesley Raminai that he was ambushed and narrowly escaped death on September 17 are not true.

According to journalist Samuel Raitano from Tiribi and Kalolo villages in Erave local level government, the MP and his convoy of police escorts disturbed a funeral service at Tiribi village without respecting the mourning community at that time.

Mr Raitano said this angered a few youths who reacted without the knowledge of community leaders and elders.

“Criminal activities are never tolerated here. We have a lot of public assets and properties like the Red Cross funded health facilities, Evangelical Christian Church Bible College and primary school that are never touched or destroyed by the youths here.

“For the MP to bluntly label my people as criminals is a shallow allegation by the MP because he has his own political reasons to dislike us,” says the FM100 news correspondent.

“Our local leader and councillor Komeali Welema was there to clear the misunderstanding and to safeguard the shivering MP that time.”

He also clarified that the police were allowed to pass through to deliver the Independence celebrations monies to the Erave station people, however the MP alone was told to turn around and return to Kagua without being harmed.

The journalist also challenged Mr Raminai to start investing in law and order in his electorate, because both the police and the people were becoming law breakers at will.

“A grade 8 student from Erave was shot by Kagua police last year. Another policeman shot dead his wife in Kagua police barracks earlier this year. People from Yanda village, Kagua LLG, slashed a man from Porane village right in front of Kagua police station last month.

“Currently there is a tribal warfare at Pawabi village in Kagua LLG with one confirmed dead on Saturday. This means Kagua Erave has law and order problems everywhere and needs his intervention as the mandated leader,” said Mr Raitano.

Meanwhile, councillor Welema has called on Mr Raminai to return and verbally apologise to Tiribi and Galu wards for tarnishing their reputation in the public media.

“Kagua and Ialibu police who escorted Mr Raminai know full well that my boys never armed themselves, nor did they threaten anyone with guns as claimed by the MP,” said the councillor for Tiribi ward.

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