Goilala MP refutes claims

Normal, Papua

The National, Monday 15th April, 2013


GOILALA MP Daniel Mona has rejected criticisms that he is not doing enough on development and to counter law and order issues in the district. 

Responding to recent complaints in the media by individuals from the district, Mona said they were made by people living outside the district but were residents of settlements in the city.

On the recent killings in the district, he said was in constant contact with the police and some suspects had been arrested.

“The old days are over and everyone is cooperating with police to apprehend the suspects and there will be no mucking around with law and order,” he said.

“Recently during the Easter period, I went to drop off some teachers and a medical team in the Tolukuma area. 

“There will be more teachers and medical staff to be dispatched to other parts of the district soon,” Mona said.

He said Goilala district was headed to exciting times in terms of development and everyone should be working together to change the image of the district instead of making negative publicity in the media.

Central police commander Sr Insp Jeffrey Tewesi also condemned the negative comments in the 


Tewesi said a special police operation named “Daunim hevi long Goilala district” (Reduce crime in Goilala district) was underway where they conducted curfews and checks on the highway.

“We are working around the clock to apprehend the suspects and minimise the law and order situation in the district,” he said.

“So far all is going well with some suspects from the two murders apprehended and others wanting to surrender because the whole community is working together with the police.

“Currently, we have 12 armed police and because geographically Goilala is a very difficult place to patrol, we have auxiliary police officers from the districts to help in the operations plus Tolukuma police as back-up. So currently everything is going well.”

The operation will run for the next 21 days but could be extended to 51 days to ensure all the suspects are