A new ban on street cooking in Port Moresby has vendors worried about their future.
Elis Tumu sells street food for a living and said she doesn’t know where she’ll earn money for her family.
“I don’t have a husband, I have two young boys … I am worried about my life and the future of my two boys,” she said.
The local government said the ban will improve public health but there’s questions over its legality.
Allan Mana, president of Papua New Guinea’s law society, said there’s no provisions in the current law to validate the ban.
“There are certainly provisions in the act for case-by-case inspection … to make sure that minimum standards are complied with. But generally speaking, to suggest a blanket ban in the manner that is being suggested, is arguably illegal.”
Source: ABC Pacific