Eastern Highlands province to spend K1m for crime

National, Normal


THE Eastern Highlands provincial government is anticipating to spend at least K1 million to help curb the growing lawlessness in Goroka and Kainantu towns.
Coordinator of EHP government secretariat, John Sari, said an estimated K1 million would be spent to implement a terms of reference (ToR) for recommendation by a working committee recently formed to assist law enforcers combat law and order especially in Goroka and Kainantu.
Mr Sari heads the committee and has so far conducted three meetings already where relevant stakeholders in both private and public organisations were very supportive.
“Its main function would be to facilitate meetings for stakeholders to develop a document which the provincial management team and the provincial executive council will ratify to curb lawlessness,” he said.
Mr Sari said they would develop ToRs which would provide the map for the provincial peace and good order committee.
“The ToR will include components of legal impurity for prosecution and involve the police, village courts and district courts.
“Other relevant agencies include landowners, settlements, land users, migrants, settlers, non-governmental and faith-based organisations,” he said.
He said the EHP government had seen the importance of instilling peace in the towns, however, the implementation had been a major impediment.