by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
In Papua New Guinea, compensation has become a common practice for many, with the same said to now be occurring in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
It has become a traditional way of resolving conflict between two groups for many years, however, the exercise is now turning rather costly.
To help traditional leaders and law enforcers, a two day workshop held in East Honiara has gathered community chiefs and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to discuss the issues affecting their communities.
Police Commissioner, Frank Prendergast, at the opening of the workshop said such an initiative will help ignite the roles of the chiefs in the different communities within the capital.
Director of the Police Community Policing and Public Relations Unit, Solomon Sisimia, said the two day workshop hopes to come up with standardised arrangements for addressing traditional compensation claims.
The workshop was held as a result of increasing traditional compensation claims, which have doubled in recent years.
Police in Solomon Islands have now begun efforts to tackle these excessive compensation claims made by locals in Honiara.