By WALLACE KIALA
THE people of Enga are mourning the death of the province’s top cop Supt Michael Chare.
The Enga provincial police commander died of a suspected heart attack.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki, who confirmed Supt Chare’s death yesterday afternoon said the information he has from a Wabag hospital post mortem report was that Chare died of a heart attack while in his office on Saturday afternoon at around 3.30pm.
Mr Baki told The National that the body of the late Supt Chare would be flown to a funeral home in Goroka today before being flown back to Wabag tomorrow for a funeral service.
Mr Baki said the body will be flown home to Kimbe via Port Moresby later this week.
The commissioner said he was saddened by the loss of Supt Chare and conveyed his condolences to his family.
Enga Governor Peter Ipatas described Chare’s death as a big loss to the people of Enga. He said Chare had served in the province and in the Highlands region with distinction in little more than two years that he was PPC in the province.
“The people of Enga are sorry and saddened by the death,” Mr Ipatas said.
Mr Baki also conveyed his condolences to the families of the policewoman who was killed in a bomb blast last Friday in Mt Hagen.
He said police officers were always in the front line of danger in their line of duty.
He paid tribute to her, and thanked her family for giving the people of PNG such a brave person and faithful public servant to service the Papua New Guinea Royal constabulary.