BY PEARSON KOLO
The Highlands Highway was completely blocked as of 8pm on Tuesday at Chuave, Chimbu Province, leaving hundreds of cargo trucks stranded in Goroka, EHP.
The Chuave section of the highway was blocked by relatives of Constable Alex Kopa, a policeman of the Chimbu Province-based mobile squad, MS06, who was killed in Wabag, Enga Province, during the recent National Election who wanted a fitting compensation from the State.
The locals ordered the cargo trucks to return to where they came from or their cargoes would be looted. The blockade stopped PMV buses and private vehicles using the Highlands Highway yesterday.
A truck driver, Willie Nick who was forced to turn back at Chuave on Tuesday morning said that road blocks of the Highlands Highway always put lives of drivers at risk.
Mr Nick said this issue should be addressed through appropriate channels and people should not take the law into their own hands. “This is also affecting the lives of people who are not part of the death of the policeman, who we all feel sorry for.
“The government must look at this issue seriously and address it with respect and accordingly so that it will not spill over and affect innocent people who are using the national highway.”
Police in Chimbu and Eastern Highlands provinces said they are working closely with the locals in Chuave to ask them to open the highway.