SYDNEY – At least 10 people were killed in the last two weeks of the old year in Enga Province as tribal fighting in the Highlands region intensified.
Plagued by warring factions, Lagaip-Porgera MP Tomait Kapili said the violence and killings must stop.
"The fighting has been going on for some time,” he told The National newspaper, saying there had been gun battles in and around the Porgera gold mine.
"All the fighting must stop immediately and the warring tribesmen must return to their lands. Porgera is not the place for you to resolve your problems."
Mr Kapili told the fighters to “stop behaving like criminals and destroying peace and safety”.
“I have heard the voices of Porgera communities loud and clear and I fully support their call for an end to this lawlessness and violence."
Enga governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, said he would raise the matter with prime minister James Marape and his cabinet as soon as possible.
"I am fully supporting his call for urgent intervention to stop this senseless fighting, and to end the criminal conduct of a few people impacting public law and order in Porgera," Sir Peter said.
"Let me warn everyone that justice will be served on anyone who breaks the law or harms people.
"We do have customs and traditional connection with the Tari people, specifically the Hulis of Hela, but that does not entitle you to come and flex your strength and muscle," the governor added.
"Fix your problem in your own land, Hela."