THERE are peaceful ways to solve issues without having to use force and conflict, says the Auki RSIPF Operation Commander, Charles Eddie Koto.
Mr Koto made the statement following a knife brawl in West Kwara’ae in Malaita Province, which resulted in five people being injured with knife wounds and are currently admitted at the Kilu’ufi Hospital.
The Auki RSIPF Operation Commander said violence and conflict is not the way to peacefully solve issues in communities.
He said dialogue involving opposing parties, community leaders, and chiefs is the best way to solve issues.
Therefore, he called on Malaitans to have respect for each other and stop from using violence as a way of solving issues.
That said, Mr Koto is calling on relatives of those affected parties not to take laws into their own hands as seen by the injured five.
He said police are always there to help where he thanked the person who called and alerted police regarding the fight.
In a Police statement this week, it was reported that five people were seriously injured after they clashed with each other in relation to a portion of land for Kava farming at Malobo village in west Kwara’ae on 30 June 2021.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Malaita Province, Chief Superintendent Stanley Riolo said the tragic incident happened after a father and his son clearing a portion of area for Kava garden but later another father with his two sons go in and plant Kava inside that garden.
PPC Riolo said the argument has escalated and the trio attacked the father who first cleared the Kava garden. His son saw his father fell on the ground, he fought back with other three and this is where they seriously wounded themselves.
Chief Superintendent Riolo said police has responded and currently investigating the wounding incident. Those five people were transported to Kilu’ufi hospital for medical attention.
Later, other two people among those five were referred to National Referral Hospital in Honiara, since their conditions are serious.
By WILSON SAENI