BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
“I am coming for you,” Prime Minister James Marape has announced to the warlords allegedly involved in the killing of 22 women, children and men in the Tagali LLG, Tari-Pori district in Hela Province.
Mr Marape, who is Tari-Pori MP, warned warlords Haguai, Okiru and Liwi yesterday that he would use the “strongest measure in law on you”.
His comments followed last weekend’s massacre in which innocent women and children were among those either hacked to death or gunned down in the villages of Munima, Peta and Karida last Saturday and Sunday.
The attackers are still at large as Hela Province mourns and police and Defence Force soldiers mobilise to track down the perpetrators.
“To all who have guns, kill, and hide behind the mask of community, learn from what I will do to criminals who kill innocent people, I am not afraid to use the strongest measures in law on you, last week I responded to question on death penalty on the floor of parliament, it is already a law,” Mr Marape said.
“To Haguai, Okiru and Liwi plus others in Tari who have been living off killing others, I am coming for you.”
Mr Marape condemned the weekend killings.
“In memory of the innocent who continue to die at the hands of gun-toting criminals, your time is up, before I had someone else to report to, now I have no one else to report to but the innocent you kill.”
The 22 are being buried with the assistance of local police at their own villages.
Hela Governor Philip Undialu said yesterday that Munima, Peta and Karida villagers have fled their villages as the provincial administrator William Bando and provincial police commander Chief Inspector Teddy Augwi organise the Hela community to be involved in the various burials.
“I am so disappointed after so much effort has been put in doing mediation processes.
Many communities had responded well by laying down arms, reconciled, and initiated compensation. But this is an unfortunate incident.
I will call on national government to enforce full force of the law and hold the perpetrators accountable,” Mr Undialu said.
The Post-Courier confirmed yesterday the number of police and PNG Defence personnel on the ground totaled 56 – 40 policemen and 16 soldiers.
Mr Bando had asked for the 35-man police mobile squad 09 to be sent back to the provincial capital Tari, to assist to maintain law and order in the province.
“MS 09 is providing security for Hides; they should be released to assist those on the ground to ensure safety for the families in the Tagali LLG.”
Police Minister Bryan Kramer when contacted yesterday said he would be discussing with the Prime Minister before an announcement will be made about reinforcement in Hela Province.
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