PM Reaffirms Cabinet Decision on Sacking

by Scott Waide – EM TV, Port Moresby

One day after sacking the Police Commissioner, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has reaffirmed  the cabinet’s decision saying the police force should expect changes with Gari Baki at the helm.

He was speaking in Lae City which has had its share of police related incidents.

After yesterday’s announcement of  the removal of Jeffery Vaki, as Police commissioner, the Prime Minister travelled to Lae to officiate at the start of the Prime Minister’s Golf Challenge.

Then after teeing off, he reaffirmed the NEC decision announced late yesterday. The decision based on a break down of command and control and increase in reported violent incidences by police.

Gary Baki has re-inherited  some of the problems he left  in 2011, when the government  prematurely ended his contract.   

The problems include the lingering police housing shortage,  mounting  allegations of  police abuse and  investigations into police shootings that have tainted the royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. 

The Prime Minister expects the  now former head of the National Intelligence organisation to help restore public confidence and respect for the constabulary.

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