The Minister responsible for security has publicly condemned the recent violent attacks that occurred in Port Vila and Efate.
“It is with deep regret and sorrow that i learnt of the recent incidents which demonstrates a break down in societal values.
“At this juncture, I would like to convey my sincere condolences to families who have lost their loved ones because of such brutality and accidents that have occurred because of negligence,” Minister Andrew Napuat relayed through a statement to the media.
“The social fatigue and distress that Vanuatu is now experiencing is becoming a major societal issue. The social fabric and respect that was once in Vanuatu is eroding with time.”
He admitted that times have changed and attitudes have changed overtime.
“The lifestyle has changed and societal stress is becoming a deterrent to social development. Social issues are escalating in our urban environments.”
The minister for security said to address these challenges, the government is re-organising itself to ensure police presence is everywhere in Vanuatu.
He commended the Vanuatu Police Force for mobilising and ensuring that there is stability and peace at all times in the respected communities.
“As police is a friend to all, it is important that we comply with any orders received,” Mr Napuat said.
“He also thanked chiefs for handling the fatal assault near Chuan store in a professional manner.
“I would like to commend all community leaders, chiefs and families who cooperated with police to ensure that families of the victim do not take the law into their own hands.”
He reminded the all citizens that no one is above the law and the suspects involved have surrendered to the police.
Chiefs on the other hand are urged to step up their work as well. Mr Napuat said chiefs should start organising regular community meetings to ensure any issues that their members may have are resolved.