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Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 11 2002 at 9:12 PM
Hagen & Western Highlands Updates 

Wantoks, Western Highlands is about to explode!!! If the stories are true about bashings and attacks all around the outlying areas of WHP and simmering tension between different groups it could be WHP, and not SHP, that becomes the powder keg of these elections.
Please!! Is there anyone who can confirm the stories that are trickling down into Moresby from Hagen? Is there anyone logging into the scape from Hagen

[ toksave - we have changed the headings-Wantokz ]

This message has been edited by Wantokz on Jun 20, 2002 10:28 AM

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Souths Pawa


June 12 2002, 5:35 PM 

Bro you know what...

the bunch of Kanges a reaping the fruits of Wingti's worst crimes on poor PNGeans...

He reaped and raped the whole virgin nation off....

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June 25 2002, 2:56 PM 

You got it wrong, souths.

Yupela ol Souths karim bad influence bilong yupela
ikam long HNG yah.
Yu guys .... maski..

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ftom Today's Post Courier

Hagen is exploding!! This is just the start

June 18 2002, 10:16 AM 

Violence erupts near Mt Hagen

ELECTION-related violence has reportedly left houses burned, a candidate assaulted, two vehicles damaged and five polling stations disrupted.
A policeman who visited the area said the houses were still burning just outside Mount Hagen, in the Hagen Open electorate when he arrived. He said the candidate was also allegedly assaulted in the Mount Hagen Open electorate.
Provincial police commander Allan Kundi said he did not receive any formal report of the incident. But he did receive unconfirmed reports of a prominent woman stoned in that area.
Highlands commander, Assistant Police Commissioner Alfred Reu, said he had received reports of the damage to a vehicle belonging to a candidate and the disruptions of five polling stations, four in the Hagen area and another in the Dei electorate.
He said at Muglamp in the Dei area, polling was suspended and it will resume today. Other stations disturbed in the Hagen area were at Confam, Kelua 1 and Kelua 2 and in Mount Hagen town.
At Confam, Hagen MP Paul Pora’s 10-seater Toyota Landcruiser was damaged and all its glasses, one front headlight, spotlights and the doors were extensively damaged. Three supporters of Mr Pora were also stoned by supporters of another candidate. The trio sustained injuries.
Victim Paulenu Pomba said they were driving into the polling station at Confam to witness the polling when supporters of the other candidate stopped their vehicles and attacked them.
Mr Pomba said they left the vehicles and ran for their lives. He was still bleeding from a head wound when he spoke to the Post-Courier.

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Re: Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 18 2002, 2:50 PM 

It is believed that two major bridges along the Baiyer road that links the people of Mul-Baiyer to Hagen as been burned and destroyed. And also believe to be that further violence will erupt along the road.

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Let it explode

June 18 2002, 5:41 PM 

Just let it explodes. Who cares!

Mul North, this is out of context. Cant you read the the topic'PNG Policts'??

This is not EMTV Comentry for you to put this up???
Be constructive, Mate!

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update from kange country

2 Dead in Hagen, more to follow.

June 19 2002, 10:56 AM 

From post courier. The story is confirmed. There are also more people being brought into the Hagen Hospital. Engans are also holding the two Hagen Central guys responsible for their countryman's death.

Two killed at polls

TWO men were reported dead and a returning officer was stabbed and in critical condition in election related violence in the Western Highlands yesterday.
And all business has ground to a standstill in Mount Hagen town and surrounding areas.
Provincial Police Commander Allan Kundi confirmed the death of one man in town while the other was reported shot dead in the Mul area of the province.
The stabbing of North Wahgi Returning Officer Andrew Walep resulted in the suspending of polling in that area.
The Post-Courier was reliably told that supporters of one candidate allegedly shot dead a supporter of another candidate in the Mul area.
At the time Mr Kundi met the reporters, he had not received any reports on shooting at the Mul area.
The other man was shot dead during a clash between supporters of two candidates for the Mount Hagen open seat.
The Post-Courier was also told that the dead man was the supporter of one of the candidates.
Electoral Commission officials yesterday confirmed the two deaths as well as the stabbing of Mr Walep.
They said the body of the man shot in town has been admitted to the Mount Hagen Hospital morgue, while it was not clear last night where the body of the one killed in Mul was.
Mr Walep was visiting polling booths in Banz when the incident happened. Electoral officials said he was at the Kimilti Tea Factory polling booth when he was stabbed.
He was quickly airlifted to Kudjip Nazerene Hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition last night.
Arrangements to fly him to Port Moresby were underway late last night.
According to Mr Kundi, former South Waghi/Anglimp MP Kuk Kuli’s son held up policemen escorting ballot boxes back to Mount Hagen and made off with four boxes, two National and two LLG ones.
The Police Chief said police re-enforcement later retrieved the ballot boxes and they were now in police custody and being disputed.
He also said supporters of another candidate in the same electorate held up polling officials and policemen with firearms and walked off with three ballot boxes and ballot papers.
To date, he said they were still outstanding and no-one knew where they were, and what was being done with them.
Mr Kundi also confirmed the assault of a candidate for the Mount Hagen Open seat and identified him as Doctor John McKup.
He said at the time Dr McKup came to lodge the complaint, one of his hands was in a sling.
Mr Kundi also said Dr McKup complained that four vehicles were damaged, houses set on fire, two men admitted to the hospital and five others received wounds during clashes between his supporters and supporters of another candidate.
Meanwhile, polling in the province will be extend to today in some parts of the province.
Mr Kundi said in the Nebilyer area, there were not enough LLG ballot papers and the polling was delayed until today.
He also said polling in the Jimi area started yesterday at 4 pm and will continue today.

Stories this morning of more fighting in Mul Beier and Anglimp South Waghi. We are just hoping that Tambul Nebilyer stays quiet. Police are terrified and are too scared to go out into the rural areas. But there are same brave ones who are going out to escort the Electoral Commission officers and they are saying that they are going to shoot to kill.
Over and out from Kange country.

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Haen Update!!

Wingti looks like he is coming back. But hagen is on fire!!

June 19 2002, 9:46 PM 

A campaign manager from Nelga was shot dead in Mul Beiyer. Tribal war is about to break out and nobody is on the streets.
Hagen town gunshots can be heard tonight. We think people might be fighting but we are not sure. Police are going to shoot to kill and are protecting the ballot boxes. They are saying that if anybody wants a ballot box they are heading for the wooden box six feet underground. We salute the true heroes.
Hagen central is on the knife edge. Some candidates supporters are bashing anybody they can see in town. one prominent candidate a businessman was bashed up in town. Several people were caught double voting and were bashed up and panel beaten and then brought to the police station. I dont think there mothers will recognise them now.
Wingti is back. He looks very strong. Paul Pora is back. I dont know about the other seats.
Over and out from Hagen town.

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North MUL

WHP is going NUTS

June 19 2002, 10:01 PM 

wait till the midea in AUSTRALIA hears about.... what a shame!!

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Mul Central

Re: WHP is going NUTS

June 19 2002, 10:07 PM 

No Mul north, yu opim traipela maus blo yu stap yet. I don't think they heard you in AFRICA so run that by us all again!!

We can all read the papers, we know what's happening so please quit posting all this. It reflects very badly on the majority of the peace-loving people of Mul-Baiyer.

Thank you.

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from another site

Hagen Central in turmoil!!

June 20 2002, 10:24 AM 

Yesterday's newspaper had it that sitting Hagen Open MP Paul Pora's campaign vehicle was smashed right off with some of his supporters in the vehicle being assulted with knives and axes by supporters of a rival candidate. Unconfirmed reports from Hagen allege that it was Oki Berem's supporters from the Keme tribe near Konfarm carried out the assult.In retaliation to this, the Yamkas hijacked Oki's campaign vehicle and smashed it then.

Even then, while voting was taking place at Tega, Paul Pora's stronghold, it is alleged that two truck loads of William Duma's supporters came to the polling booth at Tega and ripped off three boxes on the assumption that people were doing double votes there. This resulted in a commotion where two of Mr Duma's supporters were fatally wounded and admitted to hospital.

Mean while there was a clash between Andrew Nui and William Duma's supporters armed with guns which resulted in the death of an Engan man.

Another candidate Dr John Mackup was assulted and wounded on his arm allegedly by his own tribesman who were Paul Pora' supporters. Four of his campaign vehicles were smashed!

This above unfortunate events is unbecoming of the Hagen Open Seat which during previous elections was peaceful and people were at liberty to decide who they wanted to vote.

They are a clear indication that so much money and another materials were heavily circulated during the election to secure votes. Even the supporters through the hand out benefits prove their loyalty by ensuring that their candidate gets what he wants or otherwise live to get rid anything which they see is a threat to their candidates progress towards ultimate power.

These events indicate that our political system is deeply entrenched in our culture where the 'bigman' mentality goes on to assimilite all or any resources, be it millions of cash, expensive cars (as obvious during the elections) to uphold and mantain that name in the struggle for power.

Even then we note that our ordinary people (even ourselves)
within their own clan or tribe live with the mentality that the "name must not go down" or rather in tokples " teninga bi mana pi nupanga".

Thus we see that those falling unfortunate victims to elections are the candidates own tribesman. Getting into power, as evident from the current trends, not only bestows 'bigman' status to the candidate but is in essence it brings glory, pride and value into the tribe in contemporary Hagen society.

Such trend of thought has often misled our people to vote blindly after instead of looking at the qualities of the leader. As such we have failed to see tangible developements being brought into our electorates due to ineffective leaders chosen by us . As educated Western Highlanders we should seek to flee from the 'tribal 'and 'bigman' mentality. Its about time we look at issues collectively instead of confining ourselves to our tribal politics and business. Our province needs us to develop. In order to do that, we must work together.

Let us hope in the next few days as the counting is going on that WHP gets some right leaders into parliament.. leaders who hold their people dear to their heart and do things in the best interest of these people.

Eh manda nent!

Catch Mulai!!


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kange country

It looks like Wingti is back.

June 20 2002, 11:10 AM 

Paias is back everyone. He looks very strong. The word from Hagen.

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Re: Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 20 2002, 12:43 AM 

The latest is that 6 up to 7 men have been killed, in WHP.

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Re: Re: Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 20 2002, 1:42 AM 

Firstly, I must say I may sound racist but I have been thinking about this for a long time and want to share it.I do not mean to discredit my brothers from the Highlands but I think the issue needs to be discussed for the good of society, PNG.This is a small reflection of 10 years of my life in the Highlands about politics-related violence.

I am sad to hear 6 people have been killed and others injured in WHP.I offer my condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and relatives.I wonder what makes the supporters, the simple people lay their precious lives for candidates as seen in Mt.Hagen or in other parts of PNG for that matter? In my view the killings are related to tribalism in which support for candidates in the Highlands are deeply rooted in tribal lines, not necessarily in general or specific virtues of leadership qualities,standing in community etc, although this appears at times.That is why in elections every tribe put up a candidate. They trust their own tribesman more than another tribe.The Highlanders have a competitive instinct or aggression, fight and really fight for being the best and successful which is good.But that competitive instinct and aggression are misapplied in many contexts (politics, business,sports, dance,party etc)resulting in unfairness,threats,force,and human right abuses and causing disharmony in society. I still have to see clean, fair competition and fight among my brothers especially from the Highlands.This should be something they may have to seriously look at and make adjustments of themselves accordingly so that their beautiful land is really paradise.

More often than not any issue that emerge from there always turn out destructive,and eventually cost lives - death.That is why politics in the highlands is a matter of 'life and death' just like it is when land and other properties become issues of contentions.The period after election will linger with it discontentment,tensions,and payback mentality that could perpetuate disharmony between tribes and villages.

My hope is that all leaders (traditional and learned) should intervene now or later and bring lasting peace.At the same time carryout awareness on cooperative and peaceful living,conflict resolutions, foster greater understanding and respect between tribes and community at large.

In the meantime all attention will be geared towards peace and compensation for those injured or killed.Soon someone will emerged and declare total responsibility for installing peace and am sure the simple people are waiting for such person.

I hope the Highlands is brought back to its safer periods I use to enjoy in the 70s and 80s.

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June 20 2002, 5:56 PM 

I agree that the people of the highlands have a lot of pride and therefor elctions can become a matter of life or death.

I love the strong tribal bonds though and never want to see them broken but when it comes to elections we need to use western mentality or more, democratic mentality,with freedom of choice. Bigmen like the Nui's think they can jack people around with their money, how very sad, they can't even run their own lives properly.

What the people ofthe hihglands need to do, especilly WHP is vote with their brains, and not with their eyes. Vote long term and not short. There is nevran assurance that the winning candidate will not end up corrupt, all we can do is hope.

AND by all means, not let Wingti in!

kanda catch

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Tribal War within the Jigas and other tribes as Kange powder keg sparks.

June 24 2002, 7:38 PM 

Hagen is about to explode!!!

The Jika tribe is splitting up. William Duma's Jika Milagumps are about to go to war with Nui's Jika Nungumpis. Police discovered a cache of guns about to be smuggled in.

Mul Beieyer is also in flames as relatives of the man killed are trying to avenge him.

The Yamka tribe is also engulfed in infighting with two people already dead.

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Re: Tribal War within the Jigas and other tribes as Kange powder keg sparks.

June 24 2002, 7:57 PM 

What are the police doing?!!! The Jikas have gone and welded the gates of Kapal house shut. People are getting belted up alaround town. The yamkas are fully armed and turning people away from Hagen Airport. The Mul Beiyers are chasing each other across the country side. Innocent bystanders like that poor Engan are getting assaulted and shot. But police have disappeared!!!!! Yupela stap we?!!

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Re: Re: Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 19 2006, 9:24 PM 

These are the things that we must avoid in the f uture

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Re: Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 23 2002, 12:05 AM 

Western Highlands are a bunch of showoffs. Who cares bout them. Let them explode!!

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Re: Re: Western Highlands is about to explode!!!

June 23 2002, 12:49 AM 

this is why we never advance in anything of any nature

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