In 2017, the Lae District initiated an audit investigation into the accounts of the Lae City Council. It was found that council was not getting any money from the Lae Market. The council had no records of how the money collected from humble village folk who came to sell their produce every day.
Last Tuesday, with heavy police presence, the market management and staff were removed and replaced with people who were willing to challenge the status quo. Within a space of six days, the new market administration collected more than K30,000.
Cash is being collected every day by Guard Dog Security. Yes. That is a measure the council has had to take because of various problems they faced. For the first time in four years, the people’s money is being deposited into a bank account.
Some of that money has been used to pay outstanding water bills of up to K100,000. When the council has enough, they will begin to renovate he market. The thing is, this shouldn’t even be news. But the situation has become so bad that depositing money into an account is now news.
We asked to see that the money was deposited. So here are the bank receipts: