PNG Ports chief executive killed in Highlands fight

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PNG Ports chief Fego Kiniafa killed
PNG Ports chief Fego Kiniafa ... situation in Goroka reported to be tense after his killing. Image: PNG Investment Conference

RNZ Pacific

State-owned PNG Ports chief executive officer Fego Kiniafa has been killed at Nagamiufa in Goroka of Eastern Highlands Province, says Papua New Guinea’s Police Commissioner David Manning.

A police report said he had died in a fight after an argument was started over a few bottles of beer.

It said Kiniafa had allegedly shot and wounded the aggressor on his neck.

Kiniafa was then killed by members of the community who retaliated.

The situation in Goroka is reported to be tense.

Manning told news media his officers had started an investigation into the killing.

Board chairman Kepas Wali announced in a circular that Rodney Begley had been appointed acting CEO for the state-owned enterprise.

Wali expressed grief and sorrow at Kiniafa’s death.

This article is republished under a community partnership agreement with RNZ.

Goroka town, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.
Goroka town, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea … an argument over “a few bottles of beer” led to the killing. Image: RNZ
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