Wabag, Enga Province: It was a historic moment as four warring tribes in the Kandep District of Enga Province, came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) court order. This was held on the 23rd of January 2024.
The four tribes were Tamu, Ipain, Mago and Yanian. This significant step aims to put an end to the prolonged tribal conflicts that have plagued the region for several years.
The ceremony was witnessed by esteemed individuals including the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wabag and Bishop Deputy of Caritas PNG, Rev. Bp. Justin Ain Soongie; Kandep District Administrator, Mr. Henry Apakali; Provincial Law and Order Director, Mr. Nelson Leia; and other notable guests including government officials and members of the disciplinary forces.
Representatives of Caritas in the Catholic Diocese of Wabag who initiated the peace mediation through various trainings and awareness were also present to witness the occasion.
During the event, Bishop Justin delivered a heartfelt appeal to the warring tribes urging them to abandon their tribalistic tendencies and work towards building a peaceful and harmonious community.
Recognizing the efforts and commitment of Caritas Enga, Mr. Apakali extended his gratitude for their unwavering dedication and valuable time invested in resolving these long-standing tribal conflicts.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Nelson Leia, emphasized the importance of adhering to the MoU. He warned both parties about the potential consequences of the terms stipulated if the MoU were violated.
The momentous event marked a significant turning point in the Upper Wage constituency of the Kandep District, instilling optimism and paving the way for a brighter future. As the community embarks on this path of unity and reconciliation, it is hoped that the scars of past conflicts will heal, fostering mutual understanding and collaboration among the once-divided tribes.