Primary teacher stabbed for K200

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The National, Thursday 29th December 2011

A PRIMARY school teacher is fighting for his life in hospital after he was attacked by thugs in Mt Hagen.
Grade 6 teacher James Warua is in a critical condition at the Mt Hagen General Hospital surgical ward after being stabbed in the buttocks.
The street thugs robbed Warua of K200 and personal items. The incident happened at the main Southern Highlands bus stop at about 11am.
Warua, from Pawabi in Kagua, Southern Highlands, teaches at the Nanga Emmanuel Primary School outside Mt Hagen and was in town to do his banking for Christmas.
Simon Kiap, from Nebilyer district, was among the crowd when Warua was assaulted. He rushed Warua to the hospital.
He later returned to town, located the thugs and had a suspect arrested and locked up at the Mt Hagen police cells.
Nanga Emmanuel Primary School head teacher Seth Koke said the law should deal with the suspects.
He said so many tra­vellers had fallen victim to “street mangis” and authorities were not doing anything about it.
He said teachers from other provinces had come to serve Western Highlanders and deserved respect, not to be robbed, stabbed and almost killed.
Koke said the streets of Mt Hagen were riddled with crime and was happening right under the noses of law enforcement agencies.
He said something had to be done otherwise people would avoid Mt Hagen and travel to safer towns and cities.
Attempts to get comments from police were unsuccessful.
This is the second time this year a teacher had been brutally attacked by thugs in Mt Hagen. Earlier this year, a teacher was attacked by
criminals and killed in front of the police station.