A member of parliament’s son is recovering at Madang’s Modilon Hospital after being beaten by an angry mob. Member for Bogia John Hickey’s adopted son, who asked not to be named, was beaten by angry members of a local level government forum after he disrupted the meeting by driving a vehicle into the crowd. Yawar LLG president Peter Bariau said the Madang district administration office’s front yard was filled with people, resulting in police closing off that section of the road by putting up traffic cones. Bariau said that hundreds of people from the Yabu, Yawar and Almami local level governments organized the forum to specifically ask MP Hickey about how district funds have been spent for the last few years. He said that the forum did get rowdy toward the end with certain participants voicing opinions aimed at castigating Mr Hickey’s administrative conduct. It was at this time that Hickey’s son drove a land cruiser filled with pro-Hickey individuals into the forum, knocking over the police cones. Bariau said the people chased the vehicle down, pulled two men out of the back door and began beating them. Upon witnessing the demise of his friends Hicky’s son, who was driving, sped off. Bariau reported that, some individuals including himself, then pursued Hickey’s son along Kalibobo drive and managed to force his vehicle off the raod and to a halt. The LLG president said that frustrated members of the forum who had run after the vehicles, arrived on the scene soon after and began beating up Hickey’s son. It is believed Hickey’s son was beaten by more than twenty people, all of whom could not be identified by police. Bariau even admitted to wanting to set fire to pro-Hickey vehicle but was police stopped by police who arrived just in time to save the crowd beaten victims from certain death. Bariau and other rowdy individuals that could be gathered were rounded up and taken to the district office were they were counseled by police and LLG representatives. Bariau said Bogia people had reached the climax of their frustration and planned to close the administration offices. Bariau said that this violent incident was directly a result of MP Hickey’s continued ignorance of public forums staged by the people. Meanwhile Hickey has not attended the Madang provincial executive and assembly meetings and is yet to be sworn in as a member of the Madang provincial assembly. The provincial government is yet to announce his disqualification from the provincial assembly as he has already missed three consecutive assembly meetings. Hickey said yesterday that he is shocked by the incident and that an address to the people will be made soon. He added that this is not the way to solve problems and that the people should keep their actions productive. Post Courier
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