Tribal Fight

Tribal fighting erupts again

Provincial Police Commander, George Kakas, said the fighting subsided last Wednesday when Enga’s Mobile Squad (MS11) withdrew from Southern Highlands with a section of military personnel stationed at strategic locations on the border of the two warring tribes. 

On Monday, the peace and good order committee, escorted by police, visited both tribes to foster peace agreements, but one tribe refused.

This morning, PPC Kakas said fighting erupted again with the Kii tribe launching an attack on the Kala tribe.

Help for tribal fight victims

Community groups based in the province have now come together to see how best they can cater to these vulnerable group of people.

The Hela Council of Churches, Hela Meri’s Never Give Up, Tari Family Sexual Violence Unit, Young Ambassadors of Peace and Peace and Good Order Committee are working very hard to get the provincial authorities to address this issue.

Among their efforts they have also started the Hela Relief Appeal in partnership with Advancing PNG: Women Leaders Network Inc.

VIDEO: Convention leads to reconciliation

The tribe members reconciled after a tribal conflict in 2013 that resulted in the death of two men.

The fight was over the Kimil Coffee Plantation, and who had right to run it.

Tribal leaders were remorseful and apologized to families of the plantation workers who were killed.


Salome Vincent with more 

Tribal fights are an evil that must end – Powi

Powi said there is no space for tribal fights in his province and called on the people to embrace change.

He was responding to new reports of killings and the possible eruption of tribal fights in the province.

He is calling on the people of Upper Mendi, Nipa and Nembi Plateau local level Governments areas led by the community, church leaders and the presidents to take control of the situation.

Tribal fight related murder in Jiwaka

Jiwaka police commander Joseph Tondop reported that fighting between the Kisu and Neneka tribes intensified following the killing of Maime Kapa, aged 25, late Saturday night.

Tondop says that six suspects have been identified as police look into the murder of the man.

The incident occurred  as a result of an ongoing land dispute between the two neighboring Kisu and Neneka tribes at the headwaters of the Wara Kane Kudjip Minj in Jiwaka.