PNG Min­is­ter re­it­er­ates crit­i­cism against Po­lice and UNITECH

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The Pa­pua New Guinea Works Min­is­ter Fran­cis Awesa says the coun­try risks dis­in­te­grat­ing into small frag­mented eth­nic group­ings con­trolled by il­le­gally armed war­lords. The min­is­ter was speak­ing af­ter the vi­o­lent death of a stu­dent on the Lae cam­pus of the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

He said cit­i­zens should rise to pro­tect the Con­sti­tu­tion and its pro­vi­sions that pro­mote and guar­an­tee na­tional unity. The Post Courier re­ports Mr Awesa re-it­er­at­ing an ear­lier call that state agen­cies and in­sti­tu­tions must do their ut­most to pro­tect and up­hold the laws. He cited the UNITECH ad­min­is­tra­tion and Po­lice for not tak­ing proac­tive ac­tion such as putting of­fi­cers on to the cam­pus to pro­tect lives and prop­erty. Mr Awesa says this led to the tense sit­u­a­tion de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­sult­ing in the death of a young stu­dent from his elec­torate. He said since both the UNITECH ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Lae Po­lice hi­er­ar­chy failed to re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately he has re­peated his call for them to be re­placed. RNZI

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