Port Moresby Governor Orders Review Into Vendor’s Death

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 17, 2014) – National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has called for a full report to be submitted to him immediately to assess the situation surrounding the death of a female vendor.

Governor Parkop was away in Kokopo for the Prime Minister’s 13 rugby league match and in Kavieng for the Governor’s Conference and is yet to be formally briefed on the incident.

He issued the instructions while expressing his condolence to the family of the female vendor who is alleged to have died while trying to flee NCDC Buai Ban officers.

Mr Parkop’s instructions aimed at carrying out a full investigation into the death and to verify the involvement of the NCDC officers who are reported to have been responsible for the woman’s death.

"I will investigate into the incident and all applicable measures will be taken based on the findings of the investigation," the governor said.

"I will liaise with the police on the matter to ascertain the facts surrounding the death.

"In the meantime, I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased on this most regrettable occasion.’’

He said while the incident happened in full view of the public, it is important that such a serious matter be given a thorough investigation with all due considerations and ultimately to ensure the perpetrators are dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, Governor Parkop has appealed to city residents to respect the rules and regulations of the commission and its statutory authority. He said such tragic circumstances can be avoided if we abide with the authorities and its governing powers.

"Specifically, I strongly appeal to the betelnut vendors. If you know that it is illegal to sell betelnut in public, then don’t attempt to do anything silly,’’ he said.

"The law in the city relating to betelnut is crystal clear; betelnut is a banned substance in Por Moresby.’’

Mr Parkop further expressed regret that the situation has become tragic in the process of an unlawful activity.

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