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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Iromea to Police: Crack Down on Kwaso Makers

Burns Creek community chairman John Seti Iromea yesterday condemned Sunday’s stabbing there which resulted in the death of a young man.

He vowed that the community are willing to help Police apprehend anyone involved who is not already in custody.

Mr Iromea said that the incident was related to the illegal home brew kwaso.“I deplore this killing and appeal to police to give us the name of any suspects they want and we will hand him over to face justice,” he said.

He said that the situation at Burns Creek is tense, leading to some children not going to school.

He said: “Some children are in fear especially those of the two parties involved in the incident. But we are doing all we can to solve the matter in custom style.”

Mr Iromea said that a young man went to buy kwaso from another group early on Sunday morning but was attacked..“He returned and brought his relatives who took revenge resulting in the death of the deceased,” Mr Iromea said.

Police have arrested two men.

Mr Iromea appealed to Police to crack down more on those producing kwaso, because of the problems kwaso causes.

He said: “If we want to discourage kwaso production, heavy penalties must be faced by those caught producing it and community leaders must also actively involve in the fight to eradicate kwaso.”

Mr Iromea said that the two parties involved had come to some understanding. This resulted in more than $2000 and two shell money being paid to the deceased’s relatives.

“The matter will be fully resolved after the body of the deceased is transported home for burial but things are still fragile at this stage,” he said.

Source: Solomon Stars

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