by Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby
National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, is calling for city residents to take extra care when attending public festive celebrations at night.
He said this after receiving public complaints of numerous incidents that have happened at Jack Pidik Park.
Governor Parkop confirmed that a man was stabbed at the Jack Pidik Park, a few days ago, and an investigation is still going.
Despite one or two confirmed incidents that have occurred, Parkop insisted that Jack Pidik, Ela Beach and now Vision City are venues which bring communities and families together to celebrate Christmas.
263 security guards are backed by reservists and regular police to control and reduce petty crimes at Jack Pidik Park and Ela Beach.
The Christmas program has been running for six years now.
Despite security and police presence, each year Police have received reports of people being stabbed to death.
Last year, a reservist officer was also stabbed at Jack Pidik Park. The reservist survived the attack.
However, Parkop is adamant that this year’s festive program will end peacefully.