One Dead, Six Injured In PNG Election Related Violence

Group shot at after confronting, chasing MP's entourage seeking payment for roadwork

By Miriam Zarriga, Report from Kerowagi, Chimbu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 26, 2017) – A youth is dead and six others seriously injured in the first reported election-related fatality in Chimbu Province yesterday.

Trouble started in the afternoon as sitting Member of Parliament Carmilus Dengama was heading to Kerowagi station to nominate. [PIR editor's note: According to the National Parliament of PNG's website the proper spelling of the MPs last name is 'Dangma.']

According to police reports, the MP was confronted by a group who had not been allegedly paid for roadworks at Mondia.

A confrontation ensued with Mr Dangama and his supporters, who were then chased.

According to police, a 19-year-old youth was shot dead.

Six others sustained injuries from the fight and have been admitted to the local hospital.

The district office remained closed as Mr Dangama and his son have sought refuge at Kerowagi police station.

Two motor vehicles had been set alight by the disgruntled people in the district who complained about lack of services in the district and who did not want Mr Dangama to nominate to seek re-election. Several hired vehicles were also damaged in the confrontation, with windscreens broken by the irate service providers.

Provincial police commander Acting Chief Superintendent David Seine said late yesterday that he was still waiting for an update, although he confirmed that the candidate’s car had been set alight.

“I will be receiving a report soon from my men on the ground in the district and should have a full report then.”

Mr Seine said that the actions of a few could not dampen the spirit of the people of the other districts who had been good at keeping the peace since writs were issued for nomination to open last Thursday.

He added that the awareness by police in the lead up to the nomination period, campaigning and polling has resulted in the people being aware of their rights as voters.

He was pleased with the people’s attitudes of allowing candidates and their supporters to campaign peacefully and also commended everyone in the province for not resorting to violence as per the norm.

“The awareness has really changed the perspective of the people and thus there have not been any reports from the outside districts.”

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Regarding to that incident it wasn't the group of angry workers it was the entire people of kerowagi district because the sitting mp has done nothing for the district for the last five years that's why the entire population attack him to show him that his not capable to retain his seat..the report on the paper was totally wrong giving the entire nation different picture all together..

is it spelled dengama or dangama

The Post-Courier misspelled the MPs name.

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