Liquor ban

ARoB liquor ban extended

The Bougainville Executive Council made the decision this week, following public outcry from local communities across Bougainville for a total liquor ban during the aftermath of the referendum.

The acting Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Thomas Raivet, issued a circular to all Bougainville Public Servants notifying of this extension.

The Bougainville Police Service has been directed to maintain surveillance on all affected liquor shops including any ‘black market’ outlets across Bougainville.

No liquor ban in NCD

But some centres however, have decided to close their liquor shops for the festive period.

RH Hypermart is one, going with the decision.

Its Gordon branch will close over the public holiday, as confirmed by staff.

RH at Vision City closes through to Wednesday, December 27, according to the Senior Operations, Peter Lee.

But there will still be other liquor shops operating as the liquor ban was lifted a few years back.

And while this may be good news to many, police warn that no one should take advantage and do as they please.

No liquor ban for Pom: Police

According to Superintendent Operations, Chris Tamari, the ban was uplifted a few years back and Christmas operations have been ongoing without the ban on liquor.

He said although this may be good news for alcoholics and drinkers around the city, they should not take advantage of this and do as they please.

For NCD alone, operations have started with a recent high visibility of police of men who will be instructed to carry out strict orders for the road blocks and vehicle checks.

Liquor ban in SHP a disaster, says councillor Kundi

President of Lower Mendi LLG, Peter Kundi has called for the immediate lifting of the ban to prevent further deterioration in the state of affairs.

Kundi said the liquor ban, imposed several years ago has done more damage than good, directly impacting negatively on many families, communities and the province as a whole.

He said evidence of this include widespread production and consumption of cheap home brew and dangerous drug marijuana openly along roadsides and in public places.