Samb apologises to journalists


GOILALA MP William Samb yesterday apologised to journalists who were attacked when they were returning from his electorate in Central province two weeks ago.
Samb, who is also the deputy Pangu Party leader, apologised to the employers of the journalists and their families as well for the incident.
“That incident was uncalled for. Since becoming the MP 12 months ago after the by-election, I wanted to change the negative image of the Goilala people,” Samb said.
“So far we had done well with the help of the media.
“Unfortunately, we got attacked outside of the Goilala district on the Hiritano Highway at Vanapa while coming back to Port Moresby.”
However, Samb said that the Goilala district development authority would not compensate the journalists and the chief executive officer Titus Girau although he was attacked while on official duty.
“But I will help them claim compensation from the Workers’ Compensation,” he said
Acting Central police commander Inspector Andrew Tovere said that The National reporter Clifford Faiparik, National Broadcasting Corporation reporter Jason Gima Wuri and Girau were slashed with knives when they were attacked on Sept 15 at about 4pm.
Tovere said that Wuri was slashed on his fingers, Faiparik got slashed in his right elbow and left side of the stomach and suffered cuts to his body.
He said that MP Samb managed to avoid the blows from the bush knives and was able to drive the car through a roadblock that was hastily set up to prevent them from escaping.
“They were able to drive through the road block while being stoned.”

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