ATTACKS ON HELA, SOUTHS STUDENTS CONDEMNED
June 16,2016, 02:32 am BY JEFFREY ELAPA Post Courier
SOUTHERN Highlands Governor William Powi has condemned the actions of people and student for personalising and attacking students and people from Hela and Southern Highlands in relation to the students’ unrest.
He said their actions have also forced his Government to make funds available to repatriate the students to the province.
Mr Powi said the people and students from Hela and Southern Highlands were innocent people like any other citizens and for people to discriminate and attack them is uncalled for and not in the best interest of national unity.
He said he has received reports that students from Hela and Southern Highlands have been discriminated against and attacked at several of the universities. The setting up of roadblocks along the Highlands highway denying people access to travel is against their rights to move freely is criminal in nature and warrants police action.
“Personalising the issue and bashing up students and chasing them out of the campuses and setting up road blocks along the highways in parts of Western Highlands and other parts of the Highlands Region to deny the people’s movement must be condemned outrageously.
“On behalf of the people of Hela and Southern Highlands I totally condemn their actions. The students and the people are innocent and if they have an issue with the Prime Minister and the leaders of Hela and Southern Highlands then they should deal with them and not the innocent students and people who have nothing to do with students’ demand for the Prime Minister to step down.
“The institutions are state and public institutions and do not belong to any one group of people or students.
“I must warn those leaders and their groups including the people setting up roadblock that it will be totally bad and a total disaster for this country if the people of Hela and Southern Highlands retaliate and shut down the taps to their oil and gas projects in their province. Therefore I call on the people and the students not to take the law into their own and not to personalise the issue to sabotage their rights. ,” Mr Powi said.