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June 28, 2022

Laloki Buai Vendors: Undesirable Behaviour

The spillover of the buai ban in the National Capital District into the Central Province is fueling an increase in illegal activities.

Provincial Police Commander, Inspector Laimo Asi, says in the past few days they have seen vendors consuming alcohol and trading drugs.


His police officers have stepped in today to remove all vendors operating outside of the designated market.


The once quiet stretch of the Hiritano Highway is now a hub for business activities.


Traffic progresses at a snail’s pace, as vendors try to cash in on the buai trade.


But in the past few days, this has become a concern for locals and the Central Provincial Government, as vendors illegally acquire land to sell their goods.


This is becoming the breeding ground for illegal activities and if not stopped early, it could get out of control.


Inspector Laimo Asi and his police officers have monitored the markets and have seen a rise in illegal activities.


Alcohol consumption, drug trade and sexual harassment are some of the undesirable recent behaviour they have witnessed.


Mr. Asi says Central Police will not tolerate vendors who operate outside of the law.


Their plans are to regulate the sale of buai, while the NCDC works closely with the Central Province Government to ensure this is achieved.


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