A TRIBE has paid K216,000 in compensation over the death of two students from a neighbouring clan.
The Elti-Penambis tribe in Western Highlands paid the cash plus 153 pigs, 15 cows and two cassowaries to the Kukilka tribe where students Cain Kaikul and Nathan Komati were from.
The students were hit by a vehicle driven by a Penambi tribesman near Kagamuga airport on March 30, Kaikul was a first-year student at the University of Papua New Guinea. Komati was a Grade 11 at the Hagen Secondary School.
The Elti-Penambis tribe gave acting assistant police commissioner Martin Lakari a pig and K1,000 for personally intervening after the accident to stop any inter-tribal fight.
The tribesmen of the two students included businessman Max Kumbamong, village court magistrate
Petro Ranta and ward councillor Walwi Mee.
Kumbamong said leaders of the two tribes met last May to sort out the compensation because they wanted to continue living peacefully.
Leaders of the Elti-Penambis tribe John Moksy, James Ekip and Joshua Jack apologised for the accident.
“Loss of lives is a sad thing for the community.
“Money and material things can’t buy back life. God gives life and has His own plan to take it back,” he said.
He said the driver had already pleaded guilty in the Mt Hagen district court to causing the death of the two students.
He is awaiting sentencing.
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