Wenge blasts Labi for accusation

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The National- Monday, January 10, 2011


MOROBE Governor, Luther Wenge, has hit back at police for accusing him of not evicting settlers from other provinces who reside in Lae and caused too much problem.

He was responding to comments by Northern regional commander, Giossi Labi who said the governor and his administration should do something about the escalating law and order problems in the settlements caused by settlers from other provinces.

Wenge said in Lae last Friday that the assumption by Labi was wrong. 

“Labi does not sleep in the settlements. I do and I have some idea of the problems there, in fact, I may be the only governor who resides in a settlement,” Wenge said.

He said only a handful of settlers caused trouble which then spread to other people.

Labi had hit out at Wenge for failing to evict settlers from settlements around Lae city, especially those from other provinces who he said were “causing too much problems.”

He was reacting to the ethnic clash at 4-Mile in Lae last week where houses were burnt to the ground including that of the Public Services Minister and Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina and deaths in previous fights.