Houses burnt in ethnic clash


FOUR homes were burnt down and crops destroyed during an ethnic clash on Independence Day in Lae.
Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said an escapee allegedly started the fight which eventually sparked a clash between people from Enga and Southern Highlands.
The incident occurred at about 6pm last Friday at the Banana Block on 7th Street.
Wagambie told The National that police managed to bring the situation under control.
“The incident happened between groups who have settled illegally and have been causing a lot of problems for people living in that area,” he said.
He said continuous ethnic conflicts had caused a lot of problems and discomfort for taxpayers and law-abiding citizens.
“Residents of Cassowary Road and Chinatown have been victims of these settlers,” he said
“This is not the first time they have been causing nuisance in those areas and disturbing the peace in the surrounding community. This behaviour is affecting everyone and should be dealt with as soon as possible.
“I am calling on the Lae district administration and Morobe provincial government to seriously look into this matter and start removing the settlements,” he said.
Wagambie said squatters caused problems to city residents and the Government should evict them if they could not live in peace and harmony.

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