Police praise mourning relatives

National, Normal

The National, Monday October 14th, 2013


HIGHLANDS divisional police commander Teddy Tei has praised the people of Chimbu for accepting the body of Peter Waieng in Chimbu without any disturbances.

The body of the former politician arrived in Kundiawa from Port Moresby last Thursday, almost two months after he was murdered at an isolated location in Port Moresby.

Assistant Police Commissioner Tei said police had received intelligence reports that people would block off a section of the Highlands Highway to protest his killing.

He said police manpower was beefed up in Chimbu to ensure that peace was maintained.

Tei was pleased with the behaviour of the people of Chimbu after the body arrived.

“People respecting the leader through their actions are the way forward and setting precedents for others in the highlands region,” he said.

Tei commended Waieng’s relatives for accepting that police investigations were continuing into the death.

Tei said the people of Chimbu had changed and wanted the law to take its course.

“This is the kind of mentality that we applaud,” he said.

He urged the people in the highlands to follow that example.

He said the blocking of the highway would not have solved the problems but ignited it, further affecting the operations of companies engaged in the LNG project and the Porgera gold mine.