Another day, another cop, another ‘on the spot’ fine….
Anyone familiar with driving in Port Moresby, or almost any other town in Papua New Guinea, is used to paying ‘fines’ to corrupt police officers who seem to mount a road block whenever they are short of a few kina for their buai or weekly shopping or a beer after work.
Today it was at Gerehu Stage 2 and the ‘fine’ was for not wearing a seat belt. The cop wanted K20 but when our driver, Paul, siad he had to go, the amount demanded was quickly dropped to K10.
Money paid, we were quickly on our way, the policeman oblivious to our camera….. and content probably with the thought that if the ‘top shots’ in Waigani can steal millions then why shouldn’t he help himself to a few kina!