The National, Wednesday July 3rd, 2013
By ABIGAIL APINA
KOKOPO Muruks are still waiting for their prize money of K2,500 since winning the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup for the islands region earlier this year.
The team’s president Steven Liu expressed his disappointment over the delay last Friday in Kokopo.
Liu said that the team was very disappointed over the delay and was now demanding an explanation from the competition chief executive officer, Timothy Lepa.
“I am wondering why Kokopo Muruks out of all winning teams throughout the country did not get its winning prize of K2,500 since winning the cup in March,” Liu said.
He said Lepa, who is cuurently contesting the Lae mayorship, had promised several times money would be given to the team but nothing had been done.
“Governor Peter Ipatas and Lepa have to take note that he promised to deposit our winning prize money into the team’s account and to date nothing has been done.
“The last time I made contact with Lepa was on the Queen’s birthday last month he said he was going to get back to me regarding this issue but failed to do so,” Liu said.
“I know the money has been budgeted for and it rightfully belongs to the Kokopo Muruks. Governor Ipatas the teams need your help,” he said.
Liu, 49, is also a candidate for the Kokopo town mayor seat in the coming local level government and council elections.