Enga people support Polye

National, Normal


PEOPLE in Wabag last Friday gave money and food to Kandep Open seat candidate Don Polye in a show of support for his re-election bid.
They gave him more than K30,000 in cash, a brand new Toyota 10-seater land cruiser costing K160,000, 24 pigs, two goats, 580 cartons of Coca-Cola and three truckloads of foodstuff.
Those at the forefront of the donations were Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal, Wapenamanda MP Miki Kaeok, and National Alliance party (Enga) president Paul Kurai.
The donations were meant for  Mr Polye to look after his supporters in the lead-up to the elections.
Mr Abal told a crowd during the rally in Wabag that even though his people were not going to vote for Mr Polye, they were happy to support him.
Another teargas canister was thrown into the crowd, like the situation in the rally in Mt Hagen a week ago, but this did not cause much chaos due to tight security provided by the police.
The disappointment of the event was the non-appearance of Deputy Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu.
Sir Puka did not attend the rally as widely publicised, and Mr Abal apologised for his absence, saying he (Sir Puka) had other commitments.