POLICE Officers at Auki, witnessed a reconciliation ceremony in relation to a fatal accident at the Kwaibala River that claimed the life of a male person earlier this month.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) National Security and Operation Support Ian Vaevaso said relatives of the deceased came to police and discussed the matter of their brother’s death after it was alleged the vehicle which plunged into the river was driven by another person.
They had asked that the driver and relatives of the passengers to reconcile in their cultural way.
“Police in Auki then organized a reconciliation between the relatives of the deceased and the driver including the passengers on 18 June 2021,”, DC Vaevaso said.
Mr Vaevaso said Police introduced the purpose of the reconciliation and the Police position in this case.
Police were able to highlight the importance of having reconciliation to ensure peace remains amongst us, as one people in the community and province as a whole.
“The relatives accepted three shell money, they shook hands and received the shell money. A closing prayer was said at the end. They were satisfied as the situation was calm after the reconciliation,” DC Vaevaso stated.
Even though the reconciliation has happened between both parties, police will still continue with its investigation into the traffic case and ensure it is brought before the court.