Sports unite warring tribes

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THE warring Kipulu and Diwarin tribes of Yambili village in the Maip Mulitkaka area of Lagaip Porgera district, Enga province, witnessed a historic event over the weekend, as a K150,000 three-year sponsorship package presentation took place to reunite warring tribes through sports.
The occasion was the commissioning of the former Yuu Yango battlefield into a sporting ground to reunite youths, men and women from both tribes through sports.
After 15 years of tribal warfare, Kipulu and Diwarin leaders vowed that the battlefield would be used by their sons and daughters for sporting activities that will also pave way for other Government services.
The historic turn came about after one their own sons and renowned sports administrator Timothy Lepa went into the area with the sponsor for all sporting codes last Thursday.
The mammoth sponsorship included an annual sponsor of K10,000 each for soccer, touch rugby, basketball, volley and the Maip Muli Rangers rugby league club respectively.
Lepa’s family business, Global Media and Events Company had taken the sponsorship head on to reunite the five council wards of the warring Kipulu and Diwarin tribes and the Maip Mulitaka area.