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Law and order inundated questions

PARLIAMENT was inundated with questions pertaining to law and order situations nationwide especially the daily killings among others, with three separate MPs raising these issues yesterday.

Abau MP Sir Puka Temu took the Parliament chair to task to tell PNG if there were funds to set up Permanent Parliamentary Committee on law and order to address the latter.

“…over the last three months the issues of the law and order have been widely published in many of our media areas including Post Courier, National, Tiktok, Facebook some of them including very serious and damaging videos ,” Sir Puka said.

“And this morning in the government caucus, much of the discussion was around the law and order situation around the country, and we have agreed that law and order is now in the crisis situation,” he said.

“Many times we ask the government to sort it out but my question is directed to you (sic – Speaker) – has the Parliament got enough funding to fund the Permanent Parliamentary Committee on law and order?”Sir Puka asked in Parliament yesterday.

“…to meet and be part of this solution, I would want, for example for Parliamentary Committee on law and order with sufficient funding to go to the hotspots in the country to go and find out why the mothers are being killed and raped, why government stations and schools are being burnt down, we are talking about not the forces of law and order but peace mill, more police, but what are the causes.

“I strongly recommend that the Treasurer gives the Permanent Parliamentary Committee on law and order sufficient fund to immediately sit and have a program to visit these hotspot places so that they come and advise Parliament on this,” Sir Puka said.

Hiri Koiari MP Keith Iduhu also raised a Supplementary question on the same issue to the Attorney General Pila Niningi asking if the Government had any plans curb the law and order situation in the country.

Iduhu asked if the government was in anyway planning to review Section 52 of the Constitution and the Vagrancy Act which was rendered unconstitutional as the situation now compelled the Parliament House to seriously look into the managing and controlling the movement of people in the country.

“So that human beings can be protected, so that they can feel safe to walk the streets of Port Moresby, feel safe because successive governments have failed completely,” he said.

Ijivitari MP David Arore also asked Prime Minister James Marape if the Government had serious plans to help the police force in the country, given the incident in Oro where a policeman was shot.

Arore also said funding to the provincial police stations were very limited – singling the K4900 every month given for operations to the Oro Police.