Polye, Manasseh urged to stop fights

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POLICE Commissioner Gari Baki has called on Kandep MP-elect Alfred Manasseh and his predecessor Don Polye to take responsibility of the ongoing election-related fighting in Enga and stop it.
“I call upon Manasseh and Polye to be the leaders they say they are and come out publicly and condemn this senseless fighting which has resulted in the loss of so many lives,” Baki said.
“By not saying anything, they are seen to be in support of the ongoing fights and subsequent killings. Of concern also is the fact that none of the other elected leaders, including the two named, have come out to stop the fighting.
“Polye and Manasseh should now not be talking about politics but to stop the death and destruction and find ways to bring back peace and law and order into the province.
“Wabag is the provincial capital for all Engans and not just the Kandepans so I appeal to Polye and Manasseh to get their people to go back to Kandep. They should respect other people from the other electorates and withdraw to their electorate where they can then pursue other more peaceful and legal avenues to air their dissatisfaction and or grievances,” Baki said.
“If nothing is done to address this situation soon, then there is a danger of the fight spilling over and involving other tribes as well so the onus is on the two gentlemen to stop the fight immediately.
“Members of the security forces have done a tremendous job so far in preventing the fight from escalating any further. Lives and properties were saved and protected as a result of our quick reaction.
“However, we can only do so much and the onus is now on the Kandep leaders and the people to genuinely work towards peace and normalcy,” Baki said.

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