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PNG PM Marape thanks Family, relatives of Slain University of Goroka Student for letting the Rule of Law Prevail

PNG Prime Minister  James Marape, while visiting his Tari Pori Electorate, on Sunday  (17/09/23), made time to pay his respect at the ‘hauskrai’ (wake) of the Late Larsen Kapira - a third year student from the University of Goroka, who was brutally slain in Goroka Town, Eastern Highlands Province, recently. 

He said though he was deeply saddened by the brutal murder of late Kapira of Telapo Village, Hayapuka LLG, Tari Pori, in Hela Province, he was grateful that the family, relatives and the 339 UOG students from Hela, refrained from taking the law into their own hands and allowed for the perpetrators to face the full force of the law.

Late Kapira, who was murdered on Friday 25 August, 2023, is believed to have been returning to the university after visiting some relatives in Goroka Town, when he was killed in a tribal attack, according to police reports.

Eastern Highlands Provincial Police Commander Supt. Michael Welly confirmed that the third year student was killed by a group of men from Bena area, EHP, in Goroka Town. 

PM Marape thanked village elders Tobby Payabe and Ronnie Kapira for doing the most decent thing and urging the family and relatives of the deceased from retaliating, allowing for police investigations to bring those responsible to face the full brunt of the law. 

“There is no place for killers in our society and I applaud village elders like Payabe and Kapira for taking a strong stand against ethnic retaliation and letting the law take its course,” PM Marape said. 

He was accompanied by Koroba Kopiago MP, Hon. William Bando, Works Secretary  David Wereh and the Managing Director for the Tari Pori Development Corporation LTD, Timon Awari, to the late Kapira’s hauskrai.

Meanwhile, the late Kapira has been laid to rest in his Telapo village. 

Caption:  PM Marape addressing the hauskrai in Telapo Village.


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