Friday, October 21, 2011

My Heart is Still With Enga

Insight - ‘My heart is still with Enga’

PART 2:Kake means ‘uncle’ in the Toaripi language of Gulf Province. Indeed, settling in Wabag and later moving to Goroka, the hardworking and peace loving Fose Kake won over many uncles in the Highlands of PNG.
In part 2 of ‘my heart is still with Enga’, our correspondent Daniel KUMBON relishes law and order in the time of good uncles...
The Colonial Administration was running the province with an iron fist. People who were caught breaking the law were severely punished.
A man from Lakemanda village in Wabag who killed another man was hung in public for all to see at the newly established Wabag Government Patrol Post.
Others found guilty for even minor misdemeanours were beaten up badly in public with the ‘Kanda’ or cane. These tough measures brought fear and awe into the minds and hearts of the people. And they generally behaved well and began to respect government and followed the laws with all sincerity. Nobody even made the slightest noise in the presence of government authorities.
The colonial kiaps effectively used men like late Sir Tei Abal and Tapus Kurai of Wabag, Karapen of Ambum Valley, Puio of Laiagam, Yopond Kepa of Wapenamanda, Neapukali Kemben of Kompiam, Liu and Nenk Pasul of Kandep and many others who led the people well.
They ensured government instructions were followed and services flowed freely.
Mr Kake had many friends in Wabag and two of them included the late Sir Tei Abal and late Peter Amean, MBE who were both ‘dokta boys’ or Aidpost Orderlies at a bush material ‘haus sik’ in Wabag.
Mr Kake had brought along some old pictures and showed them to Dr Samson Amean who happens to be in one of the photographs as a small boy standing tall beside his late father. Another picture showed Mr Kake himself putting on late Sir Tei Abal’s necktie on the Wabag Aidpost grounds.
“I am impressed, the sons of people I knew very well back then are the leaders of this province now holding important government positions,” Mr Kake said. “God has richly blessed this province. And Enga has changed so much too despite law and order problems and I am impressed”
Mr Kake was referring to Governor Peter Ipatas whose father he knew very well as a driver. Current acting Prime Minister Hon Sam Abal whose father was a Aidpost Orderly and who was the first man to enter the House of Assembly and won four consecutive terms.
And of course, Dr Samson Amean whose father was a ‘dokta boy’ who later became Deputy Premier of the first elected Enga Provincial Government under Premier Danely Tindiwi of Kandep.
Mr Kake still remembered Danely’s father Tindiwi who was a policeman during the colonial administration period. Old man Tindiwi is still living and going strong.
Mr Kake has fathered many children of his own. One of them is Dr Seth Fose currently working at the Port Moresby General Hospital who is one of three boys and two girls from his first wife from Niugu village in Laiagam.
In 1970 Mr Kake left Enga and moved to Mt Hagen and then onto Goroka from where he married his second wife. From this marriage, he fathered three girls – bringing the total number of his children to eight some of whom have given him grandchildren. He was involved in building many of the Lutheran Church buildings we see at Yaibos, Irelya, Pausa High School, Mambisanda, Yaibos and other establishments.
He was also contracted to build the one-story green building we see today standing in front of the Wabag Police Station which houses the upstairs Internal Revenue Commission office.
“In those days there was no forklifts or cranes so the prisoners at the Wabag jail were used to lift the timber frames, the corrugated iron roof

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