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Papua New Guinea

Siassi lawlessness a big concern

LAW and order problems are a big concern for the people of Siassi Island, especially the women.

Women and young girls who are the main victims of social disorderly behaviours on the island have called on authorities and MP Kobby Bomareo to look into the issue immediately.

Daphne Melau Kepao, speaking on behalf of the women, said the need to address the law and order problems is huge but the approach must best serve the interest of the whole district.

Ms Kepao, who went to the island for the 16th evangelical lutheran church of PNG national women’s conference, said women on the island are not moving around freely as they fear of being harassed by their own relatives. She said the problem has escalated and police presence needs to be increased.

“After the conference, from our assessment, we want law and order issue looked at in the district,” Ms Kepao said.

“We want the MP to declare a state of emergency on the island and police and defense personnel deployed there to rid those causing public nuisance to be taken in for rehabilitation exercise to change their attitudes.”

She said after the issues have been solved, development can be the focus.

“Mr Bomareo has shown improvement in the district however, the infrastructural development will only go to waste if the law and order issue is not fixed,” she said.

Ms Kepao appealed for the Semo patrol post to be restored to curb policing problems around the area.

“Police are stationed at one side of the island and the people from the other end are facing lawlessness issue,” she said.

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