PORT MORESBY - The whole nation has been shocked by the death of Jennelyn Kennedy.
It’s not so much her death that shook the nation but how she died.
This 19 year old with two children had been killed by her husband Bosip Kaiwi, literally tortured and skinned alive and dying a cruel death that no person who heard her story will ever forget.
How Jennelyn died is etched in the memory of every Papua New Guinean and today, many people are protesting to stop violence against women.
Her husband is in prison awaiting his appearance before the judiciary. The greatest concern of many people is whether justice will prevail or whether money will bulldoze justice because he hails from an affluent family.
PNG is one of those nations where the judicial system is not as powerful as money.
The key players have often been those with money, and no wonder - PNG literally bathes in corruption.
By all means, the young man should be imprisoned for life for taking life. The only way to compensate for Jennelyn’s life is for him to go to prison for all the years of his life.
I’m a young married man with a first born son and reading about the death of Jennelyn pained my heart.
The question I asked was will justice prevail or will money bulldoze the judicial system and the police force who are handling this sensitive case?
That justice must prevail is my concern.
But my greatest fear is that money might prevail.
If that happens, I believe it safe to say that PNG can be described as lawless.
Although the law exists it is too often manipulated by money and the evil intent of elites and tycoons.
Already the case of Jennelyn does not seem to be running straight.
It must run straight according to justice and without delay.
Otherwise our system of justice and law and order will come under even deeper suspicion.