The National – Friday, December 24, 2010
By GABRIEL FITO
MICHAEL Somare Jr has been arrested and charged in relation to last Saturday’s discharging of a firearm at East Sepik Governor Peter Wararu’s Wewak Hill residence.
Provincial police commander Insp Charles Parinjo was not available yesterday to say what Somare Jr had been charged with, and when he was likely to appear in court.
Parinjo issued the arrest orders on Wednesday, saying police were effecting normal police procedures.
It came hours after a meeting at Wewak police station attended by sidelined Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, Wararu, National Alliance party branch executives and supporters and the people of Yangoru-Saussia electorate who were claiming compensation from the Somare family.
Parinjo said Somare would be treated as any other ordinary citizen who had broken the law. At the same time, he urged disgruntled parties to remain calm and let the law take its course.
Sir Michael also said he would allow the law to take its course and appealed for peace to prevail while they discussed other customary obligations towards enhancing their relationship.
Meanwhile, aggrieved customary and local level government leaders from Yangoru-Saussia expect to meet Sir Michael next week in Wewak to discuss their compensation demand of K35 million.
The first K5 million demand came from Wararu’s relatives while a K30 million demand came from NA supporters and people of Yangoru-Saussia who claimed that the governor had been unfairly treated.
A petition to this effect could not be delivered to Sir Michael on time as he had left Wewak for Port Moresby after the meeting.