NORTH Waghi MP and Western Highlands Deputy Governor Benjamin Mul is calling on the people of Southern Highlands and Enga provinces to develop their own provincial headquarters.
“The influx of people into the provinces is the cause of escalating law and order problems.
“They should also invest in their own towns so that their money is used and remains in their own province,” he said.
Mr Mul said this was also burdening the police who were trying to address the situation.
He made the remarks on Monday while condemning the death of the policewoman Selly Mol, 25, who was killed when a wanted bank robber Pawa Moni, 35, blew himself up with a hand-grenade while resisting arrest last month in Mt Hagen.
Mr Mul spoke to a gathering of the police force and Waghi community leaders in the Mt Hagen police station.
“I am saddened by the death of a member of the police force while in the line of duty.”
Mr Mul called on Moni tribesmen and leaders of the province to work together with him to reach an understanding with Ms Mol’s people of Waghi Bruk.
“The people could have resorted to taking the law into their own hands if they wanted revenge.
“But they are peace loving and want the law to take its course,” he said.
Ms Mol’s funeral is said to be this week.