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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

PNG capital trying to get rid of ‘negative impacts’ after fight

By Michael Guba

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 20, 2016) – Police in the National Capital District have started removing informal sector markets around Port Moresby to rid the capital city of their "negative impacts".

National Capital District Metropolitan Superintendent Benjamin Turi assisted by senior officers led police teams in removing the vendors, telling them to use the markets provided by the city authorities such as the ones in Gordon and Waigani.

The informal market at Gordon was closed on Monday following a fight last weekend between two groups from Hela.

Yesterday, police removed the markets at Waigani, Gerehu, Tokarara and Hohola.

Turi said the markets must be removed because they had "negative impacts".

"Informal markets disturb the flow of traffic. Vendors in the informal markets are often aggressive," he said.

Turi said criminals often hung around these markets to harass and assault people.

Yesterday at Erima, some women selling vegetables told The National that they had no other place to sell their produce now that the police had chased them away.

But Turi told them to use the proper market facilities provided by the city authorities.

"Some people come and tell us that they live on (selling) betel nut. But that’s not an excuse. You can still survive on other means," Turi said.

"We will not have any more of these informal markets anywhere around the city.

"The public should not entertain them by buying their items.

"We are asking the NCD to work with us. Let’s not create any more informal markets."

Turi said police station commanders around the city would stop vendors from setting up any markets illegally.

He had said informal markets were arrpoved by the NCD Commission to be used by informal vendors but failed to control illegal actiivites there.

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