By Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Gordon’s market in the nation’s capital was reopened today, despite numerous complaints from business houses and the general public, to keep the market shut.
The market was reopened under conditions set by city authorities and officially announced by NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, which only allowed for the sale of fresh produce, fish and meat, and with zero tolerance on alcohol within the premises of the market.
The Gordon’s market was closed ten days ago, after the death of a young police officer was brutally stabbed at the bus stop.
Business houses were forced to close and vendors had to sell their goods elsewhere, having a huge impact on businesses, subsistence farmers, sellers, buyers and the public in the suburb of Gordon’s and other city suburbs, such as Erima, Five Mile, Six Mile, among other areas.
According to the conditions set, vendors will only be permitted to sell fresh goods, with no sale and consumption of alcohol, however the bus stop for public motor vehicle commuters will remain at the Unagi Oval.
Police presence will also be increased.
Those who attended the reopening ceremony paid their condolences to the late officer Clifford Yembininigi and contributed money to help his immediate family with the repatriation of his body.
The youths were challenged to work alongside police officers in ensuring a safe market for the public.