FIRSTLY, let us understand the definition of the death penalty.
Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a government-sanctioned practice whereby a person is killed by the State as a punishment for a crime.
The sentence that someone be punished in such a manner is referred to as a death sentence, whereas the act of carrying out the sentence is known as an execution.
The PNG Cabinet has endorsed hanging, firing squad and lethal injection as appropriate execution methods.
One of these three methods will likely be used if an offense punishable by death is committed and a sentence of capital punishment is imposed.
However, the implementation has not eventuated because of human rights group and the churches and as a result, killing is common in our country.
Sorcery-related killings have increased despite the Sorcery Act.
Law and order in our country is weak with citizens taking the rule of law into their own hands.
For example, payback killing up in the Highlands is just part of our tradition. When you kill my brother, I will kill yours – even if it takes 20 years to do it.
This is totally inhumane and the people in authority, especially the government, should not tolerate this.
Yes, we call ourselves Christians and we call PNG a Christian country, but the way we live does not reflect the true value of Christianity.
Our backyards are full of rubbish while we claim ourselves to be healthy.
I urge to the government to urgently and immediately amend the Death Penalty Act, despite the opposition of the churches and human rights group. Innocent people are sick and tired of the animals who continuously violate the law.
This is a serious issue.
We are the solution to this problem. If we want to stop the killing of innocent lives by the few inhumane, insane and subhuman people, implement the death penalty now.
The government needs to take some proactive measures to eradicate the ongoing payback and sorcery-related killings.
Nason Mul Solo