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May 28, 2020
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Public On Kulunga Case

There are mixed reactions over the sentencing of top cop, Toami Kulunga.

While some members of the public say the decision of the courts should be respected, there are others who are more sympathetic to the hardline decision of the court.

 

EMTV took to the streets to get public opinion.

 

Police Commissioner, Toami Kulunga, was sentenced to 7 months in jail for contempt of court. The national court convicted Kulunga of contempt after he failed to reinstate Assistant Police Commissioner Operations, Geoffrey Vaki, to his substantive position as per the courts order on the 1st of October 2012. 

 

Last Friday, the court ruled that Kulunga’s letter to Vaki dated October 3rd 2012, was contemptuous in nature because it reinstated Vaki, but notified him that his contract had expired.

 

Deputy Chief Justice, Gibbs Salika, when reading out the sentencing, said if the top police officer of the country does not respect and obey court orders and the laws, and is allowed to go unpunished, then how can the people of the land respect and obey the laws.

 

Those same sentiments were expressed by some members of the public.

 

A group of Western Highlanders who wished not to be shown on camera, expressed sadness that their country man had been given such a penalty. They said Kulunga was a family man, that leniency should be given.

 

Others say Kulunga’s letter was a decision made by bad advice. That in fact, if put into perspective Vaki’s offence, is more sinister.

 

However, on the other hand, they agreed that no man is above the law, that justice must prevail.

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