HUNDREDS of people stood helpless as a Bangladeshi businessman died in a fire early Thursday morning in the Enga Province capital of Wabag, a town already besieged by election violence.
Wabag has no fire service and the man died in an upstairs apartment already engulfed in flames.
The foreign businessman died even as local leaders from surrounding tribes planned to stage a peaceful demonstration to express their grievances at the lack of interest shown by the new government in stopping an election-related tribal war on the edge of the town.
Four other Bangladeshi men escaped the inferno.
And another baby was stillborn after its mother fled the hospital which was attacked after Governor Peter Ipatas was declared winner of the regional seat.
Some hundreds of brave men and women later marched to the Wabag police station to protest how toothless the government has become in stopping a fight which is threatening the very existence of the town.
I am preparing a more detailed report on the dire situation in Wabag.