A NEW police team has been assigned to carry on investigations into the burning down of the Kapal Haus, the Western Highlands provincial government headquarters, in Mt Hagen city last October.
The first investigation team was been replaced with a team that is now in place to speed up the investigation that will lead to more arrests at the end of this year.
Mt Hagen city police metropolitan Supt Peter Roari revealed this yesterday.
Supt Roari said the reason for replacing the previous investigation team was because their investigation was shallow and they did not speed up the process.
He said with the new team, they would speed up the investigation that would lead to the arrest of many suspects whom police believed took part in the burning down of the provincial headquarters.
He said the new team was made up of only police officers and they had started with the investigations on Sept 16.
He said there would not be any politics involved in the investigation or favour, and arrests would be made soon.
“We have the names and identity of all the suspects and there is no way they will escape from the law,” Supt Roari said.
He said Kapal Haus was a provincial icon and it was the people’s property and the way it was torched had painted a very bad picture for the province.
He said the provincial headquarters was gutted by fire in October last year and the people of Western Highlands were confused and wanted to know who were involved in torching the building.
Supt Roari added that police had done their best and were about to arrest those involved.
He said the investigation was pending and not dead as claimed by some people, adding that police were very serious with the investigations.
However, Supt Roari also blasted all provincial leaders for not assisting police, adding that this was one of the reasons for the delay in the investigation.
He said a village councillor had a mandate to represent law and order in his village and this also applied to a village magistrate.
He said these leaders know the suspects and must report to police.
Supt Roari said of all the leaders, only two had helped the police.
He appealed to the public to call police on their mobile phone whenever they sighted any of the suspects in their village or in town.