Category Archives: Tribal Conflict

NEC approves 5yr extension for registration of land groups

October 20, 2017 
Source: The National
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved a five-year extension for the registration of Integrated Land Groups(ILGs).
Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko told The National that it would be welcomed by the business community, especially in the agriculture sector, resources sectors and industries.
The extension is expected to give time to landowners to clearly identify their land.
The deadline lapsed in February.
“NEC has approved for the five-year extension for the ILGs to be identified and certified as requested by the industry and business houses, especially the New Britain Oil Palm, Mineral Resources Development Corporation, Oil Search and the big companies that deal with landowners in their developments and activities,” he said.
“Whether it’s agriculture, mining or development, whatever the area is, the ILGs can now be properly and correctly identified.”
Tkatchenko said a lot of ILGs had still not been clearly identified when the deadline lapsed eight months ago.
“Customary landowners and ownership of this ILGs have not been properly identified,” he said.
“So there was a request for the business side of things and for our big corporate companies that deal with customary land and landowners in our country.”
Tkatchenko said it was part of the 100-day plan that Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel had put forward.

Ban On Issuing Firearm Licenses



BY MICHAEL ARNOLD via Post-Courier

In light of an unprecedented increase in gun- related violence and killings reported in recent months, Police Minister Jelta Wong has declared a ban on the issuance of new firearm licences.

Mr Wong made this declaration yesterday by virtue of the powers conferred under Section 5A (1) of the Firearms Act Chapter 310, and all other enabling powers bestowed on him under the Constitution.

In compliance with this government directive, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who is also the registrar of firearms, will not entertain new applications for the purchase and issuance of new gun licences.

Mr Wong said the ban, which was instituted yesterday, October 4, will remain in effect for an indefinite period. He said the government is taking this measure because of the increasing number of gun-related violence and killings reported in certain parts of the country in recent times.

The death toll now includes the two police officers killed in Wabag, Enga Province, at the height of the recently concluded 2017 National Election in July, and two in Southern Highlands Province last weekend.

However, according to Mr Wong, the PNG’s disciplinary forces, which include the PNG Defence Force, Police and Correctional Services, are exempted from this ban. A similar moratorium on firearms was issued by the Government in 2000.

Mine Production To Increase




The K92 mine in Eastern highlands is looking to produce in the order of 50, 000 ounces (oz) of gold together with a few thousand tons of copper annually once into full operations starting next year.

Chief executive officer and director of K92 Mining Incorporation, John Lewins made this known yesterday.

When asked about the annual revenue generation of the mine and local landowners beneficiaries once operations of the mine is underway, Mr Lewins said 60 per cent of the mine employees come from the local landowner groups.

“We employ 500 people and 60 per cent of those are local landowners,” said Mr Lewins.
He said wages going into the local community is in the order of K7-8 million.

“Business opportunities, we still working through with the local communities,” he said.
Mr Lewins said as the mine progresses, business opportunities will gain in access of up to K2 million profit going into the community, which is still not the total value of the contract will be higher.

He said the developer is looking at doubling production by the end of 2018, and doubles opportunities.

Mr Lewins said the approach is something the developer has to work through with the community and as well is part of the MOA.

MRA K92 mine project coordinator, James Norum said with the country’s Mining Act review, a concern by stakeholders is pending completion conducted by Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards.

PM orders call-out expansion

August 18, 2017    
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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has ordered that the security call-out in Hela be expanded to address the unrest in Enga and Southern Highlands.

The call-out is allowed under the existing order for Hela, he said in a statement.
“Our patience has ended with troublemakers in both Enga and Southern Highlands,” O’Neill said.

“The call-out will enable defence and police personnel to work together to maintain order.

“There will be zero-tolerance for any further interruptions to law and order, and community safety.

“The behaviour we are witnessing by small groups is totally unacceptable and is impacting on the lives of men, women and children in these areas.”

O’Neill warned people seeking to cause disruptions that they would be arrested by the disciplined forces and tried for criminal acts.

He said the situation was so different to the relative calm experienced during the recent general election in the Highlands.

“Throughout the campaigning and voting periods, we saw a big change in attitude in these areas,” O’Neill said.

“It is disappointing that towards the end of counting, we are seeing this unruly behaviour. I call on community leaders to work with the disciplined forces, and help to prevent anti-social behaviour in your areas.”

The call-out for Hela early this year was to address the issue of illegal guns and tribal fights before the election process began.

Hela wants an end to illegal firearms

Villages hand over 9 to callout troops

LOCAL villagers in Hela who have had enough of gun toting criminals have rounded up 9 suspects involved in a recent murder to hand over to call-out troops in Tari.

On Tuesday, led by Tipa village chief and Hela election manager John Tipa, villagers of Munima, Tipa, Halengoali, Waralo Ula and Paibali said enough is enough of few gun toting criminals and they rounded up 9 suspects involved in murder of a young man in Tari town on the morning of the same day.


Tari Pori MP and Finance Minister James Marape who the day before during the call-out had called for his people to cooperate with police and military had praises for the majority of law abiding citizens who did not hide these criminals but assisted in chasing them down only hours after the murder took place.

“As Member for Tari Pori, I always believe in my people and our intrinsic values of our customs that has more goodwill than bad.”

“Hulis are forgiving, loving and caring people, but due to break down of the law and justice sector in Hela since 1997, the majority were fearful of few who had guns. Now with more police in Hela the tide is changing.”

Mr Marape said his long term solution is for immediate opening of Hawa CIS and for more than 500 new permanent police into Hela police structure.

“Before I was operating under the shadow of Governor Anderson Agiru and had to await his call on almost everything, today when he is not around I will take leadership not only for my district but Hela as a whole and restoring law and order stand as my number one priority”.


300 on mission to disarm and unite

THE National Government’s decision for the call-out operations in Hela Province has been received warmly by the people of Hela, especially those affected by tribal fights.

Hela Governor Francis Potape said from Tari that thousands of people from the three districts of Koroba-Kopiago, Komo-Magarima and Tari-Pori gathered as early as 7am to welcome and witness the launch of the call-out in Tari yesterday.

Mr Potape said the little town of Tari was filled with people and the atmosphere was peaceful and a relief for the people who have lived and moved around under constant threats.


He said the people were happy to see a huge presence of police and soldiers and those present were the Minister for Defence Dr Fabian Pok, Acting Police Commissioner Raphael Huafolo, Defence Commander of Opeations Colonel Numa, Minister Marape, Member for KorobaKopiago Philip Undialu and other top police and defence commanders.

Mr Potape said the message to the people was simple and that was for those in possession of guns to surrender to police their firearms within two months.

He said that the other message was for the warlords to also handover themselves voluntarily and allow peace negotiations and ceremonies, including the signing of agreements and compensation to follow later.

Mr Potape said most parts of the Highlands region have stopped tribal fights and the Hulia should also do the same.

“My message was simple and clear and that is if we stop tribal fights we can build Hela to be a city as we have the resources and the population. We have the potential to rise up, so I ask them to stop tribal fights and surrender all firearms,” he said.

He said he also announced his government’s decision to regulate tribal fights and compensation laws.

Mr Potape said tomorrow the members of the police and defence force will travel to Koroba to talk to the people.

He said they will also visit other areas like Komo, Hulia and Magarima to carry the same message appealing to the people to surrender firearms.

“As the Governor I welcomed the security forces to assist us, but my message is to stop the LNG police and increase police manpower in the province as we only have 120 personnel that is not enough for 300,000 people,” Mr Potape said.