I am coming for you, Marape tells gunmen

“TODAY is one of the saddest day of my life, many children and mothers innocently murdered in Munima and Karida villages of my electorate by Haguai, Liwi and OKiru gunmen.”
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Victims of the massacre in Tari. Picture by Pills Pimua Kolo, Facebook

Staff Reporter

This was how Prime Minister James Marape reacted to the news of the massacre of at least 16 women and children in a tribal warfare earlier this week at the village of Karida in the Highlands region.
 
"My electorate in Hela Province hosts LNG and power transmission line for Porgera gold mine and since 2012 I have been requesting for more permanent Police yet Konedobu police headquarters has not supported me.
 
"How can a province of 400,000 people function with policing law and order with under 60 policemen, and occasional operational military and police that does no more than band aid maintenance," Marape wrote on his Facebook page.
 
Hela Governor Philip Undialu told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the murders took place on Monday and that while the motive behind the killings was not known, he believed it could be in retaliation for an earlier incident.
 
Undialu said it was a rare outbreak of tribal violence in the region.
 
Philip Pimua Kolo, a worker from the Department of Health who visited the scene, told the ABC he believed eight of those killed were aged between one and 15, and that two of the women were pregnant.
 
Marape said: In memory of the innocent who continue to die at the hands of gun toting criminals, your time is up, before I had someone else to report to, now I have no one else to report to but the innocent you kill.
 
"To all who have guns and kill and hide behind the mask of community, learn from what I will do to criminals who killed innocent people, I am not afraid to use strongest measures in law on you. Last week I responded to question on death penalty on the floor of parliament, it is already a law.
 
"To Haguai , OKiru and Liwi, plus others in Tari who have been living off killing others, I am coming for you," Marape said.
 

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