An alcohol related death at Morokea Village over the weekend outside Kimbe town in West New Britain, has prompted outrage by Governor Sasindran Muthuvel and local residents.
It all started with an argument by Western Highlanders and an elderly man at a club, resulting with the man receiving knife wounds causing his death.
Locals from Morokea and Ruango then retaliated by burning properties belonging to the Western Highlanders.
Governor Sasindran Muthuvel expressed disappointment over the incident and has instructed the Provincial Administrator to close all liquor outlets within Kimbe town and Talasea District. Mr Muthuvel also questioned the issuing of liquor licensing and called on the Provincial Executive Council to review this procedure.
There will also be an operation established to identify and penalize the Newsbrew and Matuka-Newsbrew black markets within the area, which is expected to be rife during the ban.
A 21 day liquor ban has been imposed starting tomorrow.
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