PNGLoop News Media reporter Juliana WAEDA reported on their website about an “all out tribal fight” between enemy tribes in Tapini area. [Below is an abstract from PNGLoop website]
Police have maintained a presence in the area after fighting broke out between two enemy tribes over outstanding compensation claims.
Police report that there were eleven injuries with two deaths reported from the fighting that lasted a week.
Three houses were burned as a result of the fight.
Police have also arrested five men in relation to the fights, after the suspects were caught with two unlicensed shotguns and an unregistered pistol.
All the men will be charged with possession of a deadly weapon.
Police report that the fighting in the area has died out as communities are now trying to sort out peace mediation among the fighting clan
PNG Loop News article by Juliana Waeda, posted on October 17th 2015, at 16:51pm.[local time]
The funny feature about this article is that, there is no names mentioned when it comes to sources. The lone source used is a “police report”.
My attempts to get to the reporter – Juliana Waeda has returned me no responses.
I posted on their PNGLoop Facebook bage asking for some verification to be done on this story.
On our part, various concern Goilalas upon seeing this news article called loved ones and families to verify this story. But to our surprise, word from families and relatives in and around Tapini area was negative.
They said there was no fights whatsoever. A furious Member for Goilala, Honorable William Samb refuted this baseless story on social media saying he was there on the weekend of 9th-12th October 2015, to launch the District 5YDP and swearing in of his DDA and the Budget endorsement.
With the Member in Tapini at the launch were officers from ORD, Department of Planning and Monitoring, Media and other respected stakeholder.
And there was never any tribal fights. Nor were there reports of such a fight in the nearby villages.
Just for the record, in Goilala, we do not have any “tribal fights”. There is no enemy tribes. Nor are there any tribal enemies from the stone ages.
Yes, we do have murders and law and order situations which get to crawl into the lime light from time to time but this is nothing to do with tribal fights as reported by the good reporter from PNGLoop Juliana Waeda.
Attempts to get PNGLoop News to verify this story and have their source revealed had their News Director Noel Pascoe respond “Can’t give out source names Anthony. That’s a professional integrity issue. “
At the time of this publication, Juliana Waeda has not responded to Facebook inbox message left in her inbox. Lets hope someone from PNGLoop come out and clarify this story.