Mendi fighting

Services still down in Mendi

A source in Mendi town confirmed with Loop PNG that Public servants are feeling the pinch the most.

With the only bank, BSP still down, the public is unable to withdraw cash, the nearest province is Mt Hagen which is a two to three hour drive.

Local shops are choosing to open for 2 hours and are only accepting cash payment.

The source also revealed to Loop PNG that there is no form of police presence in the town that the remaining police have chosen to dress as civilians in fear of their lives.

Candidates urged to control violence

He said this following continued clashes in Mendi, allegedly by supporters of Powi and Kobol, which have resulted in several deaths and destruction of property.

In a statement, Baki said ongoing fights and killings are not solutions for election related disputes.

“Leaders must take ownership of the situation and actively and positively contribute towards peace and normalcy,” said Baki.