How can I best clean nonworking pip from system?

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I have a system I upgraded several Ubuntu versions, now I seem to have multiple versions of pip:
$ whereis pip3
pip3: /usr/bin/pip3 /usr/local/bin/pip3 /usr/local/bin/pip3.5 /usr/local/bin/pip3.4 /usr/share/man/man1/pip3.1.gz

When I enter “pip3” I get the result:
…Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/local/bin/pip3”, line 5, in <module>
from pkg_resources import load_entry_point
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py”, line 3088, in <module>
@_call_aside
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py”, line 3072, in _call_aside
f(*args, **kwargs)
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py”, line 3101, in _initialize_master_working_set
working_set = WorkingSet._build_master()
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py”, line 576, in _build_master
return cls._build_from_requirements(__requires__)
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py”, line 589, in _build_from_requirements
dists = ws.resolve(reqs, Environment())
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py”, line 778, in resolve
raise DistributionNotFound(req, requirers)
pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound: The ‘pip==8.1.1’ distribution was not found and is required by the application

However when I run /usr/bin/pip3 (the one I can see Synaptic shows as the one in the installed python3-pip package) I get no error, a list of arguments to use. So what’s the best way to uninstall all the older pip-references on the system?

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