The National, Wednesday March 12th, 2014
I WOULD like to raise a concern over NCD city rangers, who treat the people of Gulf and Mekeo travelling into Port Moresby like thieves.
At the Laloki checkpoint, these people are being body-checked and harassed, and their bags of food are cut open in search of betel nuts, with no concern for their dignity.
Recently, my uncle and my sister came from the village and they had their bag of bananas cut open, cutting the bananas which were then unfit for eating.
Everyone is aware of the buai ban in the city and most travellers adhere to this, so why go to the extreme of cutting people’s food bags as if they are thieves bringing illegal items in?
It is inhumane what the city rangers are doing to villagers who bring cash crops into the city to be sold or for the family.
If they want to search the bags, open them in a proper way and not damage the food.
We are all Papua New Guineans and to treat a fellow citizen like this is just absurd.
Some city rangers are even cutting into cloth bags with bush knives and threatening highway truck passengers.
Is this legal and are these people trained to carry out such searches?
I commend new Kairuku-Hiri MP Peter Isoaimo for taking the stand to speak for his people so that the authorities can look into this.
The attitude of city rangers towards poor travellers has caused great concern for many.
Could our Governor Haivila Kavo stand for the Gulf people and stop this?