Illegal liquor operation affects Jiwaka

The National, Thursday July 21st, 2016

LACK of response to concerns about controlling and regulating liquor operations in Jiwaka have resulted in an increase of illegal liquor outlets, homebrew production and drinking, police say.
Jiwaka provincial police commander Supt Joseph Tondop said he was aware of the issue and raised it with the provincial government but did not receive any support.
“We have asked the provincial government for their support in terms of issuing proper licences to control illegal sales and abuse, but it’s taking too long,” Tondop said.
“In order for us to have some control over this current law and order problems in the community we must have some form of control.
“Many law-abiding citizens in Jiwaka have expressed concern about the need to control beer shops popping up everywhere and young people abusing alcohol.
“We thought that Jiwaka is a new province that should be going in the right direction by focusing on positive developments.”
Passengers who travel frequently between Banz and Mt Hagen have expressed disgust at the deteriorating road between Banz and Kudjip and along the Highlands Highway.
Some policemen from Banz told The National recently when returning from escort duty for North Waghi MP Dr Fabian Pok’s visit to Kerowil-Singirok Barracks that they lacked manpower.
They said police could not be everywhere to monitor law and order problems as they also carried out operations in the Jimi district.