By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Retired PNG Defence Force Commander, Jerry Singirok, says a recommendation in the gun report is to cease the gun supply into the country. Singirok says the Government must seek the support of intelligence from external sources abroad.
“With the country seeing a gradual increase in gun-related crime, lawlessness among deaths, the former PNG Defence Force Commander says identifying the gun chain is critical”.
He says part of that objective will identify who supplies and who controls the influx of guns into the country. Singirok says, one of the key recommendations in the gun report is to have the capability of knowing who buys and trades guns.
In 2005, Singirok and his team compiled the “Gun Report” and presented it to then Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. Almost 18 years after and not one of the 244 recommendations is being implemented.
Despite the Gun Amnesty months before the 2017 National Election, guns were at the forefront of clashes, arm robberies and attempt assassinations in the country. The Retired Major General says the Government needs to act proactively.