26 Aug 2010

Bulolo leaders in PNG blame inactive authorities for unrest

10:23 am on 26 August 2010

The leaders of the Papua New Guinea village of Bulolo are blaming the weekend's unrest on a lack of action by provincial administrators.

The latest clash between local people and East Sepik settlers, whom the local people want repatriated, put several in hospital with serious gun and knife wounds.

In May, violence between the groups left six people dead and three-thousand settlers homeless.

Now the Post Courier newspaper reports that Bulolo's chairman Patrick Bendumb ascribes the failure of the Governor Luther Wenge and the Bulolo MP Sam Basil to move the settlers as responsible for ongoing trouble.

Banks and other services are at risk of closure and the University of Bulolo and primary schools have suspended classes indefinitely.

The situation's said to be quiet but tense as officials, villagers and company executives meet to discuss what to do.