Clearly there is absence of law in Madang right now and basically it is the same story everywhere in our communities. People do not fear the law anymore because they have lost respect of systems and institutions of government at all levels whether it be in the village, towns or main cities.
Why is this so?
We can blame our parliamentarians for not enacting strong laws and adequately supporting those mandated by law to enforce these laws but honestly leadership at all levels Ward Councilors, LLG Presidents, MPs, State Ministers, Departmental Heads and Assistant Secretaries, Directors, Governor and members of his PEC, provincial administrator and his Program Managers, All Managers of National Functions including PPCs are weak.
Let’s examine some real issues affecting the community today. How can a Councillor who is high on drugs half the time in his village earn respect and do his job well in his ward area? Youths in the village will not respect him. Same applies to LLG Presidents and MPs.
They should not own guns in the village and talk of peace and stability.
Departmental Heads, Assistant Secretaries, Directors, Provincial Administrator’s and District CEO’s should sit down; produce missions statements and align them with policy directives from the National Government and drive them to support service delivery instead of waiting to move only when directed by the Governor or local MPs. The same applies with Managers of Provincial and National Functions. We spend half of our public service time doing our own thing and not for the people whom we serve.
The judiciary is somewhat too slow in dispensing justice on time. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Papua New Guinea will continue to face so much law and order problems and cash crisis because of our own stupid leadership at all levels. The worst is yet to come.
– Joseph Tondop is the Provincial Police Commander for the Southern Highlands. He wrote this Facebook post during the Madang unrest in April 2018