The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013
By ZACHERY PER
LOOTING of trucks along the Chimbu section of the Highlands Highway will be a thing of the past after the formation of police highway robbery unit.
Chimbu provincial police commander Supt Augustine Wampe said this after locals at Wandi looked after a cargo truck that had broken down and helped to transfer its cargo onto another truck.
He said it was a positive outcome of the formation of the new unit with the assistance of Chimbu Governor Noah Kool and provincial administrator Joe Kunda.
“We conducted awareness from the eastern border of Magiro to the western end at Miunde on the formation of the unit with a theme ‘no looting’ to combat highway robberies and lootings that paid off well with the people of Wandi on Sunday,” Wampe said.
“I was impressed with the people taking responsibility to look after the truck,” Wampe said.
“That is a direct result and fruit of the awareness of the establishment of the new police unit.”
He praised the efforts of Snr Constables Jonathan Garima and John Kora for their tireless efforts in establishing the unit.
Wampe urged people along the highway to follow the fine example set by the Wandi community.
He added that the main aim of the unit was to minimise and stop highway truck looting.
He said past experiences of youths and people getting involved in looting highway trucks when bogged down has prompted the Kool government to allocate three vehicles towards the setting up of the unit.
“The unit will formally be launched at a later date with erection of billboards at Magiro border (Eastern), another to be placed at Sinasina, one more in Kundiawa town and the last at the Miunde border (Western).
“MPs from these districts will be invited to participate,” Wampe said.