MORE than five weeks on, there is still no police report on the killing of Fr Jerry Inau and Communion Minister Benedict in the Goilala mountains of Kamulai on the first Sunday of May.
“The men in uniform have run out of funds and have left the area,” said Bishop Rochus Tatamai of Bereina (pictured). “We only know what people say and it’s not good news.”
Fr Jerry’s plea when he was fatally shot that his killing not be avenged has not been respected, according to Bishop Rochus.
“The rumours are that seven murders have followed, including that of the young culprit.”
Goilala society today presents a picture of violence, tribal feuds, easy killings and marijuana addiction. Attempts at gaining secondary and tertiary education for young people have frequently failed.
Rough terrain and impossible distances go hand in hand with government budget constraints and neglect.
You hardly see hope for Goilala on the face of Bishop Rochus.
“But we keep going,” he says, “trying to provide at least the basic education and health services the Church has always assured on those mountains.”