By WALLACE KIALA
EAST Kerema LLG president Robert Paiva says rural communities must seize control of law and order by addressing problems collectively to enjoy peace and harmony in their villages.
At the opening of a K26,000 village court house in Iokea village last Thursday, Mr Paiva said village court circuits played an important role in maintaining law and order.
“Village courts are often disrupted because of poor means of transportation between the villages for the people and court officials to attend hearings “This is also due to the difficult terrain, crippling accessibility.
“Proper court venues are also a major concern, often resulting in cases not being properly heard,”
Mr Paiva said.
Village leaders, including church elders and women’s representatives, who attended the opening of the court house, also shared the same views and sentiments expressed by Mr Paiva.
A technical team from the Office of Rural Development, which included deputy director Kelly Navuru, also attended the presentation.