The National, Wednesday October 30th, 2013
By ZACHERY PER in Aiyura
A NEW police barracks will be built at Aiyura, in Obura-Wonenara district, Eastern Highlands.
Obura-Wonenara MP Mehrra Minne Kipefa and Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Supt John Kale officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony last week.
The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) allocated a piece of land for the barracks. It was part of a large coffee plot used for research.
Kipefa brought in a loader for the groundbreaking ceremony.
He had chaired a meeting between the management of the Coffee Growers and Research division of CIC and the National Agriculture Research Institute.
They agreed to allocate the land for the barracks.
Kipefa thanked CIC for the land and promised he would do everything to have the barracks built. A police mobile squad will be based there.
It follows the increase in tribal fights and lawlessness in the area affecting the Government institutions in Aiyura.
They include the Aiyura National High School, Coffee Research Institute, NARI and Aiyura Fisheries.
Kale thanked CIC for the land and Kipefa for the plan to build the barracks.
CIC CEO Anton Benjamin assured Kipefa and Kale that CIC would continue to be one of their long-term partners.
The groundbreaking ceremony was witnessed by NARI director Dr Raghunath Ghodake and staff of the two agriculture institutions.