Murders, Rape Reported On PNG’s National Covenant Day

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Former MP Peter Waieng among 4 others killed

By Ramcy Wama

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 27, 2013) – The observance of Papua New Guinea’s National Covenant Day turned fatal in Port Moresby with police reporting murders and a rape over a long weekend ironically dedicated to the Government renewing its Christian ethos.

In a black day for the National Capital District (NCD), the NCD Superintendent for Operations Perou Ndranou said five people were reportedly killed and a girl raped in separate incidents within and outside the PNG capital.

"People have to spend quality time with family having fellowship in church in respect for the Covenant Day our Government has declared in 2007 but instead people are killing each other.

This is one of the worst days ever to commemorate its meaning than previous celebrations," Supt. Ndranou said.

The killings include former Kundiawa-Gembolg MP, Peter Waieng who was killed near a village outside Port Moresby on Thursday last week and the discovery of a body on the hills of Ensisi Valley.

In another incident at Gerehu Stage 3B, youths fighting among themselves slashed a former policeman on the head with a bush knife when he tried to intervene to ease their fight on Sunday afternoon.

The former policeman was identified as Alphonse Krau from East Sepik Province. He was rushed to the Port Moresby General Hospital but died in the early hours yesterday due to lose of blood," he said.

Supt. Ndranou said innocent citizens are being attacked and killed by youths under the influence of homebrew and drugs, it is uncalled for and the culprits would be severally punished for taking innocent lives.

He said a pedestrian was also killed in a hit-and-run incident in which the driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol along Waigani back road which leads from the Waigani Office to the Waigani Market.

In another alcohol related incident, a man slashed another man with a bush knife at Joyce Bay, Kilakila Village in Port Moresby.

The two men both from Enga Province were fighting over a woman.

The deceased is believed to be the former boyfriend of the woman and allegedly attacked the suspect when he saw him dancing and drinking beer with his former girlfriend.

"August 26th is a National Pray Day and everyone should respect this day. Most of the incidents recorded in Port Moresby are instigated by youths who are under influence of alcohol, homebrew, and drug. Parents of the youths must take responsibility to educate their child and teach the youths to be good citizens rather than trouble makers," Supt. Ndranou said.

A rape incident was also reported in Pari Village, where a young girl was raped by three youths over the long weekend.

The girl’s boyfriend had invited two other males to take turn in raping his girlfriend.

Mr. Ndranou said the suspects involved in the killing and the rape over the weekend is in police custody.

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