New law on compo proposed

National, Normal

A HIGHLANDS MP has proposed a legislation in Parliament to cap the amount of money that can be paid as compensation over deaths.
Tambul MP Benjamin Poponawa proposed this after the Glaulga tribe of Lower Kaugul in the Tambul district, Western Highlands province paid more than K130,000 in cash, 100 pigs, two cows, four cassowaries, two cuscus and an eagle as compensation payment to the Mondika tribe.
The compensation payment which took place last Saturday at Wambul village near Tambul High School was described as one of the biggest for a single death.
An argument over a theft of a cabbage from a garden plot at Tambul High School resulted in the killing of a man in his 20s.
This happened in October 2008.