The National, Monday October 21st, 2013
THE tribal conflict in Kagua-Erave between the Wambea and Kabia tribes is just a tip of the iceberg. Many people have died in brutal killings, but the exact number is not known. I wish the government, the Southern Highlands government, the district administration and the project developers would engage the army to ease the tension. I believe this tribal conflict will trigger a bigger warfare in the electorate, which may then escalate to other project areas or districts. Tribal allies are supplying firearms and manpower. The weapons they use are far more sophisticated that police-issued weapons. There is a huge vacuum left by the late David Basua in this area. So, I urge the government to solve this problem as soon as possible before it gets out of hand. Deploying the police mobile squad will not do much, but I think the deployment of the army will help resolve the fierce fighting. If the police are deployed, I would not be surprised if they were turned back by fierce gun battles.