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January 28, 2021

Prime Minister to Change Key Heads in Provinces

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The government wants to change the way key heads in the provinces are selected. This includes the police commanders and administrators.

This comes after East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare called for the removal of the Provincial Police Commander whom he claimed is biased and ineffective in his duty.


Prime Minister Peter O'Neill when responding said the only way for officers to be independent and neutral would be, to deploy heads that are not from the province.


The East Sepik Governor initially raised a query about the presence of a Riot Squad from Lae in the Morobe Province, which was in his province yesterday.


He said the Squad was there to chase after the commander.


Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he had no knowledge of the incident or deployment.


It might have been an operational order given by the police commander.


He said it may have been related to the rape incident which occurred late last year.


Somare said he wants the provincial commander to be removed and that he is ineffective.


Mr. O’Neill told the house that the Public Service Minister is currently working on legislation that would allow for more independence and do away with Nepotism.


This will see that heads of key public offices will come from outside provinces.


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