NBC Morobe Crew Attacked

The tinted 10-seater was stoned following a misunderstanding between residents there and the NBC crew at the Milfordhaven polling venue.

The NBC team reported that their camera was snatched by some men there, but was returned soon after.

After hearing of the incident, Lae MP and Deputy Prime Minister, John Rosso, and his team spoke with NBC and advised all media personnel to make sure they can be clearly identified as media, whether it means to drive around in a marked vehicle or wear their uniforms and ID cards.

Lae crowd builds up before sunrise

The venues at Three and Four Mile, including the outside premises of the National Polytechnic Institute of PNG, had voters gathering there before sunrise.

Residents around that area said the noise woke them up from their sleep, and they were quite alarmed with the crowd buildup.

An argument soon started between the crowd and security guards at Polytech; the latter refused to let the public in for fear of damage to school properties.

A group of police vehicles soon turned up and controlled the crowd, clearing the driveway into the institute.

Regional Elimination Set For Lae

His only concern lies with the rate of extraction, how fast the ballot boxes can be moved.

However, he is confident that Morobe will be ready on the target date of July 29th, when the writs are to be returned.

Meantime, counting for Lae Open and the regional seat will be conducted in the Sir Ignatius Kilage indoor complex, which has been converted into a COVID-19 hospital.

“But it’s been sanitised; they’re cleaning it and disinfecting it,” Soheke assured.

Temporary road access at Chinatown

The Lae City Authority said these will be temporary road access as work continues on the Butibam Road.

These two street roads are linked to Nathatches Street.

“Concreting work on one lane of the road should be completed by next week and work on the other lane will commence thereafter,” said LCA.

“And this election will not affect or stop any of the projects currently on foot.”

Work extends to other Eriku streets

Sealing will commence soon.

The Lae City Authority outlined that work on Lae Secondary and Oak Street roads, with the back of Raumai 18 Supermarket, will commence shortly as contract has already been awarded to R&Sons Construction Limited.

“The deteriorated Lae City roads need more than K250 million to fix all of them,” said the LCA.

“The yearly K3 million DSIP infrastructure component is insufficient but with the support of the national and provincial governments, Lae City has literally seen changes taking place in all sectors.

Illegal Rise In Bus Fare

Executives of the association have reported that passengers are being charged K3 to commute between Bumayong and Lae city.

Morobe’s PMV route 4 covers Finschhafen, Bukawa, Nabak, Bumayong and PTC.

Route 4 PMV Association chairman, Kopen Vaibang, explained that prior to the December 22nd notice of PMV and taxi fares, issued by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission, it used to cost Lae residents 70 toea to commute within the city. 

Minape takes Lae Police to court

The matter goes before court on March 3, 2022.

The Owner of Money Talks Ltd was unhappy at the way police dealt with him over his properties, claiming they locked the gates to his properties, which is being used by at least 20 different firms.

Mr Minape said on December 13, 2021 when police locked his properties, these firms lost income that day. He has now taken out a court order restraining police from trespassing.

Schools Finals End Successfully

In the U14 boys finals, 4 mile Primary school defeated Igam Primary, while in the U16, Omili beat Igam.

In the Secondary schools finals, Bugandi defeated Lae Secondary. In the U18 finals, Lae secondary accounted for Busu while in the girls open, Lae Secondary outplayed Bumayong Secondary to take out the title.

However from another front, this year’s schools competition has been tagged as the year of the fullbacks with a number of standout performances throughout in the Lae Schools Rugby League Competition season 2021.

Lae Nightclubs To Close

This directive has been issued by the chairman of the Morobe Provincial Emergency Operations Committee, Bart Ipambonj.

Ipambonj, who is the Morobe Provincial Administrator, made this decision under section 9, subsection 2 of the National Pandemic Act 2020.

He said the committee will act on the advice of the Morobe Provincial Health Authority on the latest status of COVID-19 and reopen the clubs at a later date.

“Any nightclub found to be open will be locked for three months,” he stated.

Control maintained in Lae

Otherwise, police maintained command and control within the suburbs of Eriku, town and market.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Chris Kunyanban, said despite his office not receiving any formal notice of a planned protest, they went ahead and conducted a mini operation to safeguard lives and properties in the city.

The operation started as early as 4am on Friday, the 29th of October, where police setup checkpoints at the three strategic locations of Two-Mile, Kamkumung and Chinatown.