A serious case of police misconduct occurred along the Magi Highway in Central Province last Saturday.
A group of Catholic mothers from St John Parish at Tokarara, Port Moresby, along with colleagues visiting from Tabubil in the Western Province were stopped while travelling back to Port Moresby after a visit to Kupiano.
“The police officers were drunk,” a young parishioner said on Facebook. “They stopped the bus, put guns on the mothers’ heads, emptied their bags of clothes and threw them all out on the road.
“They also cut all the bags of food they had bought in Kupiano and seized and locked the bus. They demanded K1,000 from the mothers to get their bus back so they could return to Port Moresby”.
While the incident didn’t involve physical violence against the women, they returned to Port Moresby scared and intimidated. The incident has been reported to government authorities.