Brother of slain student thanks Unitech, State

The National, Monday July 11th, 2016

THE elder brother of Unitech student Graham Romanong, who was killed at Taraka campus last month, has expressed his appreciation for the protocols accorded to his brother by the Unitech management, Southern Highlands provincial government, MPs and the Government .
Angelis Romanong said the family’s position was clear on the motive behind the killing and they were satisfied when the Government had accepted liability.
He said in the cultural context, accepting responsibility brought immediate relief for the grieving family.
“The family working committee’s petition was received by the State and in it we requested that the vice chancellor of Unitech and the provincial police commander of Morobe be removed based on the countless testimonies we received from Southern Highlands and Hela students on the conduct of the vice chancellor and provincial police commander before, during and after the killing,” Romanong said.
“In our petition, we did not indicate or demand compensation from any politician, ethnic group or opposition with any monetary figures.
“If there was any other petition organised by the Southern Highlands provincial government working committee, it does not have my consent and therefore should be disregarded immediately.
“We are peace-loving people and we are leaving it to the State to conduct their business of investigating the whole situation and bringing those involved to justice because it was well-planned and budgeted with precision for simultaneous killings and destruction at both Unitech and the University of Papua New Guinea for political outcomes but it was God’s divine intervention that prevented this insanity.
“We must all learn from it and move on as one people and one country.”