Wife Recounts Husbands killing in Lae

The wife of Pastor Michael Kewa who was brutally murdered in Lae atthe weekend,   has spoken to EMTV recountingthe events that led   tothe slaying of her husband inside PMV bus.Linda Kweri (wife) was holding on totheir baby son and couldn’t help her husband as two men beat him to death with metal tools. Pastor Michael was in Lae to help his wife a primary school teacher to collect materials and supplies for their school. The couple had losttheir first child about a year ago and Pastor Michael madethe decision of withdrawing from studies to be present duringthe birth oftheir second baby.“He was worrlied about my second delivery so he withdrew from studies and came home to stay with me,” says wife Linda.Last weekthey made a decision to stay on for a few days to completetheir work in Lae. On Saturdaythey got on a bus which had a crew drunk on steam (homebrew).“It wasthe swearing ofthe drunkards that made my husband and ther men stood up tothe drunkards and askedthem to have respect of passengers on board but that had turned into a fight”, wife.A fight began betweenthe passengers andthe bus crew; Pastor Michael trlied to stopthe fight and went tothe driver to get him to stopthe bus. Linda who was carryingtheir son couldn’t do much when her husband was struck inthe head three times by his attackers.“The ther men passengers withdrew asthe fighting got worse while my husband was still fighting withthe drunkards. I looked on helplessly because I was carrying my baby so it was hard to grab hold of my husband”, wife.Pastor Michael’s body wasthen dumped out ofthe bus as it’sped towards Uni-gate with Linda andtheir baby on board.“The men cracked my husband head three times and when he was unconsciousthey openedthe door ofthe bus and threw him onthe road asthe bus was speeding away. We couldn’t see how he rolled onthe road”, wife.At Uni-gate, ther passengers foughtthe driver andthe crew andthey all managed to escape.Family elders atthe haus-cry (mourning house) have expressed anger and frustration overthe killing.The owner ofthe bus and two thers have been arrested. Police are expected to make more arrests this week.Scott Waide, National EMTV News_LAE

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Rape suspect surrenders

Police and members ofthe Lae’s East Taraka community have begun a hunt for three suspects wanted for the rape of a Lae nurse on Saturday. This comes after one suspect turned himself in yesterday and provided names and details ofthe thers. The names were given to community lLeadersat a meeting today.Members ofthe community have expressed anger and have threatened to burn downthe family homes ofthe suspects ifthey don’t come forward.Reporting: Scott Waide

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Tok Piksa – Episode 34, 2013

This segement will feature three stories:1.The Beack Cat Trail Attack2. Angau Memorial Hospital lacks man power as well as facilities to cater for the growing population.3.  Sam Koim andtheIndependent Task Force Sweep  A group of foreign tourists andtheir Papua New Guinea Potters were brutally attacked alongthe Beack Cat Trail attack in Morobe.The 12 potters werethe brunt ofthe attack, hile two managed to escape, anther two were killed. The remaining 8 were hacked ontheir arms and legs.Scott Waide recountsthe devastating 14 days oftheir trip.After two years of investigationthe independent task force sweep team under Chairman Sam Koim, is aresting and charging people nvolved inthe pilfering of millions of kina from government coffers.

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Several injured and 1 dead in Security clashes

More than seven people have been injured and at least one reportedly killed in clashes between two security firms in Lae City.Guards from Executive Security Systems (ESS) and Guard Dog Security clashed on Tuesday night after verbal confrontations at 11-mile outside of Lae City. ESS guards shot live rounds at Guard Dog vehicles and Guard Dog workers retaliated causing damage to property and injuries to ESS guards in various locations.It’s not clear how many people in total have been injured on both sides. Guard Dog Security; however, have beenthe first to speak out aboutthe clashes.A Guard Dog Security guard Dennis Sui said gunshots were fired just as he was finishing guard postings at 11-mile.On one ofthe hammered vehicles was evidence of large bug shots from a shot gun. Nobody onthe vehicle was seriously hurt butthe damage will costthe company up to K2 million.ESS boss, Be ndan Wills who arrived from Port Moresby’saidthe incident began after ESS guards trlied to apprehend five Guard Dog members tothe police for drinking on a premises guarded bythem.ESS maintains alltheir weapons withdrawn whenthe fighting started.ESS Management said property guarded bythem was damaged by Guard Dog Security.Guard Dog’s General Manager, Peter Aigilo who also arrived from Port Moresby’said his brand new vehicle was rammed by anther as he was trying to resolvethe matter withthe ESS Operations Manager.Not only have guards been injured; a young man who takes care of Guards Dog colonels was abducted and beaten allegedly by ESS guards. He escapes with his injuries to his shoulder.Managers of both companies will meet to try to resolvethe issue. Meanwhile, guards from both companies have been asked to return to work.Scott Waide, National EMTV News – LAE

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Tok Piksa Episode #26, 2013

Small to Medium Enterprise in PNG /strong>This special segment is onthe Small to Medium Enterprises in Papua New Guinea an area that has been out ofthe government’sight since 1980. A conscious effort has now been made to regain control from foreigners – an important part ofthe people’s livelihood andthe country’s economy.The SME Summit in Madang has decided on a set of recommendations that will involve changes to laws and government policies.Scott Waide who was atthe 3-day summit reports more in this edition of Tok Piksa.

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More than 150kg Marijuana confiscated at Nadzab

Lae Police have made anther drug bust in a space of a week, confiscating more than 150 kilograms of marijuana bound for East New Beitain.The high quality marijuana was intercepted by Lae Police and security at Lae’s Nadzab airport after guards smelledthe drugs inthe boxes asthey were being checked. Two men were arrested soon afterthey paidthe excess baggage charges for the Rabaul-bound flight. One is fromthe Eastern Highlands werethe marijuana came from andthe ther fromthe East New Beitain wherethe drugs were to be sold.155 kilos were packed into three boxes and sealed in plastic. This isthe second time in a week that police have found large quantities ofthe drugs in Lae.Last week two people were arrested for being in possession of more than sixty kilos of marijuana also bound for Rabaul.Drug offenders make up a quarter of those jailed in Lae’s Beimo prison.Overthe last three years Lae’s drug squad confiscated three hundred thousand kina worth of Marijuana.The lucrative trade is sparing new market inthe New GuineaHighlands were a tiny pack of marijuana can fetch up to K5 a piece.Scott Waide, National EMTV News – LAE

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Lae clashes resolved

The Morobe provincial government’s Law and Order Chairman says good progress has been made, inthe last three months,  on getting disputing ethnic groups to resolvetheir differences. Peter Namus says provincial government teams have been talking to various groups in Bemayong and Kamkumung.The statement comes after one man was killed on Friday and houses were burnt in retaliation at 5-mile.Reporting: Scott Waide

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