31 Dec 2004

PNG fight over shoes settled by compo

7:31 am on 31 December 2004

Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands tribe has paid compensation to the Goroka community to settle an earlier dispute over a pair of shoes.

The Post courier reports more than 400 people witnessed the peace ceremony.

The tribe gave 3,000 US dollars and nine pigs as compensation for injuries sustained by 17 people from the Kimi tribe, as well as damage done to homes.

Police in Eastern Highlands were thankful for the payment but said that more damage was done in Goroka than in Hagen.

The Acting Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector, David Seine, says the situation is still tense because more than a million kina worth of properties were destroyed in Goroka and the public are still living in fear.

He also expressed concern for the innocent people who were forced to take part in the compensation payments.