I still maintain my stance that the University of Technology Administration and Police cannot be held solely responsible for the death of late Graham Romonong.
Police were invited onto campus by Unitech Administration following intimidation and threats leveled against Campus security by a certain faction.
The onus for peace was left with the SHP and Enga students. This is in regard to a previous incident which saw a Enga student being slashed with a knife. He was.rushed to a private hospital. Let me put on record that Police had attended to this from the very moment he was injured. Police have been encouraging eye witnesses to come forward and give statements so that identification of suspects in the wounding case could be identified so that arrests can be made. Police cannot just go and pick up anyone and detain without being charged.
The initial attack on the student happened in his room. Security alerted Police after seeing students running towards the library. Police attended but.were then flagged down by another student of a student injured and lying on the grass. Police went there and other students fled. Police were stoned. Police and Campus Security arranged for the victim to be rushed to a private hospital.
Events surrounding the attack happened so fast. From the entry into the room to the attack and alert being sent to Security and then to Police.
I am surprised that a person of such standing,highly educated and let alone being a State Minister, make such comments without gathering the facts after investigations are carried out. I am not afraid or intimidated by Politicians. I am answerable to my Police Commissioner through my Divisional Commander and the two Deputy Commissioners.
This death could have been avoided if we had left our tribal mentality at home when we enter the gates of a Higher Learning Institution,which is a University.
As in the Highlands. We always go and look at the bottom underlying fact of what really caused all the problems. We, the Police and University Administration are not the underlying cause of all these problems which has led to death and destruction. We are only trying to manage a problem created by politics.
Therefore! I don’t think it is proper for Politicians to comment on such issues at this point of time.
Let us try to unite. Stop generalizing Engans and brandishing them names. They are part and partial of this country and what has happened is a criminal act . Those individuals will be dealt with when caught. Not all Engans did this.
Southern Highlanders should also be treated with respect . They are citizens too.
What has happened has happened. It’s time for leaders to come out and find a way forward.
I knew very well that I would be despised by certain leaders for decisions I made during this whole crises.
My decisions were for Public Safety and not political. Politics, stay away from Police.
I welcome an COI and am looking forward to it. My conscience is clear and I stand ready to be accountable for the actions of my rank and file, whom I have the utmost respect for they have done extremely well.