No Legitimate Governor for Southern Highlands Province

The people of Southern Highlands Province still insist that there is no legitimate provincial Governor.

Representatives from the aggrieved party told EMTV News today, that they will not allow the opening of Agiru Centre, which is the Provincial Government building, unless a common understanding is reached.

The aggrieved party are mostly landowners from Mendi town, youth in Southern Highlands and the 24 Regional Candidates.

They said they will not open Agiru Centre for any meetings to be conducted, unless the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, Governor William Powi, and the other 4 open MP’s are on the ground to re-open the building.

They told EMTV News they will not listen to the new Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, or the Acting Provincial Administrator, Thomas Eluh, to return the keys to the building.

Mendi town Landowners and the Youths said they wanted to see their elected members on the ground to open the building to give them some confidence.

They said they will not allow their elected MP’s to be in Port Moresby and give directions.

The Southern Highlands people also questioned the appointment of the Acting Provincial Administrator, Mr. Eluh.

They questioned whether he was appointed to run the Province or investigate the Provincial Government’s account, since he has a police background.

They also warned PPC Tondop not to talk about the re-opening of Agiru Centre, but restore law and order in the Province.

Last Friday, Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, Mr Eluh and PPC Tondop addressed the Southern Highlands People to discuss the re-opening of Agiru Centre, which was closed during the 2017 National Elections.

Mr. Eluh told the youths that he needed the key to occupy his office so that he can clean up the election mess and for work to begin.

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Vasinatta Yama

Vasinatta Yama

graduated from Divine Word University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, with majors in Journalism and Public Relations, as well as minors in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies. Her current focus is reporting on court and crime stories as part of the news team. She constantly strives to improve her skills in investigative reporting.

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