Naru condemns ethnic clash

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MOROBE Governor Kelly Naru has described the renewed ethnic clash at Sialum Compound in Lae as an “unfortunate incident” that should not have happened.
Naru’s remarks came following tension in the settlement after a drunken youth terrorised a group of gamblers who retaliated and attacked him, resulting in a fight.
Two people were confirmed dead, 20 injured and several properties burnt after fighting resumed last Saturday.
Naru said while huge efforts were made to restore peace and normalcy earlier, settlers had destroyed the effort by engaging in another fight.
“It is indeed unfortunate that this clash has erupted again,” Naru said.
“These people (settlers at Sialum Compound) are not patient enough to respect authority from government and allow the peace process to prevail.
“Their actions now centre on criminal behaviour,” he said.
“The law will have to take its course to deal with these criminal conducts.”
Naru said if things did not change for the better “administrative action” would be taken against the settlers squatting on State land.
Meanwhile, former Lae mayor and Boundary Road resident James Khay has called on all leaders and stakeholders in Morobe and Lae City to work together and ensure ethnic clashes in the city were stopped.

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