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27 August 2017


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`Daniel Kumbon

Another man killed today in a gun battle in the early morning.

Daniel Kumbon

On the front cover of one of my books 'Remember Me' are two photographs taken in the early 1960s.

The top one is that of a census conducted in Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manasseh's village at Supi. His uncle the late Levi who was an interpreter (tanim tok) appears in another photo taken on the same day.

The bottom picture on the cover shows Mr Yamala from Don Polye's Kambrip tribe, Kambia Kas from Hon Alfred Manasseh's Kupdrop tribe and Nenk Pasul of the Aimbarep tribe – the three major tribes that make up Mariant constituency in Kandep.

They worked hard to support the kiaps to bring peace to Kandep during the colonial administration period but look what’s happening to the district now.

Their efforts appear to be wasted.

The people of Kandep are gentle and peace-loving people but deep politics seem to have spoilt their mindsets.

I interviewed Nenk Pasul 33 years ago for a story in Enga Nius, published in the April 1984 issue.

I hope to republish this traditional leader’s story for the benefit of PNG Attitude readers soon.

Thanks Daniel, we look forward to it - KJ

Salome Catherine Rihatta | Facebook

The SOE should have been declared two months ago. I'm puzzled as to why the government keeps on pretending it's all OK in the paddock?

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