PM: Called To Appoint New Police Minister

The opposition has questioned why the Prime Minister has not appointed a police minister since the ousted member for Madang and former Police Minister Nixon Duban lost both his parliamentary posts inthe court of disputed returns.

While the Prime Minister has declined to comment, former Madang MP Nixon Duban in a media release, was supportive of O’Neill’s decision to keep the Police Ministry within PNC ranks.

Member for Kundiawa/Gembogl Tobias Kulang called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to immediately have the portfolio occupied, as the PM’s role as Acting Police Minister compromises current investigations into the alleged signing of fraudulent cheques by the Prime Minister to Paul Paraka Lawyers.

“We want to say that the Prime Minister has got certain issues, like the signatories issue with the Paul Paraka case, that’s under investigation by police force…and it is important that he separate himself from this important ministry as soon as possible,” Kulang said.

The call also follows recent instructions by Mr. O’Neill as acting police minister, to suspend police investigations into the Lihir Sustainable Development Plan misappropriation case. These instructions were issued by Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc last week.

“What we see as executive arm of government overlapping and try to give administrative order to police force is a dangerous sign,” said Kulang.

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