SOLOMONS VILLAGERS DEMAND PAYMENT FOR WARLORD’S DEEDS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Oct. 20) - About 50 villagers from Turarana in the Gold Ridge area in Central Guadalcanal, armed with sticks and knives, marched to Valekoila village yesterday and demanded thousands of dollars in cash, custom money and pigs as compensation from Stanley Kaoni's relatives.

Kaoni, a Solomons warlord nicknamed "Satan," had threatened to fight the Australian-led intervention force before his arrest. He is said to have beat up a man and burned several houses in a dispute with rivals.

Dickson Bua, who lives in the Valekoila area, said the Turarana villagers demanding compensation were mostly youths and a chief.

Bua warned that such action would not help return of normalcy in the area.

Mr Bua says as a person who lives very close to the Valekoila, and who was once harassed by Mr Kanoi and his supporters, he no longer sees demanding compensation as a way to go forward.

He adds that the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, had recently advised people who continually demand compensation to stop their actions.

Mr Bua says the demanding of compensation ceased for a while until after Mr Kaoni was put behind bars and the victims of Kaoni's reign started demanding compensation again.

He therefore calls on RAMSI to arrest people who disobeyed their orders by demanding unwarranted compensation.

Mr Bua says what the people should do now is to reconcile and allow people to go about their businesses without fear.

October 22, 2003

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

 

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