KEITH JACKSON | Twitter reconstruction
TENSIONS are running high at Divine Word University in Madang after a journalism student was stabbed and killed last night by inhabitants of the Gav Stoa squatter settlement and a resultant fight between students and settlers.
PNG political commentator, Martyn Namorong, who is familiar with the settlement, said elements had been causing trouble – “continuous harassment” - for too long and he hoped the Madang Provincial Government “evicts those bastards”.
“Governor Jim Kas will have community support to get rid of those animals. He better strike now while the iron is hot,” an emotional Namorong said on Twitter.
Bernard Yegiora, a lecturer at the university, reported that in an address to students late last night, Governor Kas said he had foreseen such chaos and pushed for the eviction of squatters some 13 years ago.
The President of Divine Word University, Fr Jan Czuba, reinforced this saying that the PNG Maritime College, Madang Technical College and all other institutions will now take collective action to push for eviction
Provincial police commander Kalut also told students not to take the law into their own hands but students were fighting settlers again this morning.
Yegiora added that only three days ago settlers fought with Tusbab students after which school was suspended for two days and a student at the maritime College had been “chopped” last month.