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PM orders call-out expansion

August 18, 2017    
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PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has ordered that the security call-out in Hela be expanded to address the unrest in Enga and Southern Highlands.

 
The call-out is allowed under the existing order for Hela, he said in a statement.
“Our patience has ended with troublemakers in both Enga and Southern Highlands,” O’Neill said.

 
“The call-out will enable defence and police personnel to work together to maintain order.

 
“There will be zero-tolerance for any further interruptions to law and order, and community safety.

 
“The behaviour we are witnessing by small groups is totally unacceptable and is impacting on the lives of men, women and children in these areas.”

 
O’Neill warned people seeking to cause disruptions that they would be arrested by the disciplined forces and tried for criminal acts.

 
He said the situation was so different to the relative calm experienced during the recent general election in the Highlands.

 
“Throughout the campaigning and voting periods, we saw a big change in attitude in these areas,” O’Neill said.

 
“It is disappointing that towards the end of counting, we are seeing this unruly behaviour. I call on community leaders to work with the disciplined forces, and help to prevent anti-social behaviour in your areas.”

 
The call-out for Hela early this year was to address the issue of illegal guns and tribal fights before the election process began.

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Justice Lenalia passes on

Sally Pokiton

​The Judiciary has yet again lost another significant member of the National and Supreme Court bench.

Justice Salatiel Lenalia passed on during the early hours of this morning in Port Moresby.

He passed away at the Pacific International Hospital at 1:30am.

The late Justice Lenalia was one of the three resident judges at Kokopo.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is expected to release an official statement today.

The Judiciary is now organising for his body to taken to the funeral home.

More updates on this today.

 

 

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/justice-lenalia-passes-64849

MEDIA RELEASE – ROYAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA CONSTABULARY

Police Commissioner Baki to Invite PM for Interview

Thursday August 10th, 2017

The Waigani National Court refused to entertain an application for an extension on the stay order on the warrant of arrest for the Prime Minister, Honourable Peter O’Neill on Tuesday this week.

Since then there has been numerous comments made by people from all facets of the PNG community, both in the mainstream as well as social media.

Most are asking what action the police will take and when.

As Commissioner of Police I welcome the decision of the court as it now paves the way for us to move forward on this matter.

Since the Court decision I have had consultations with my senior officers on the case. I want the people of Papua New Guinea to appreciate that this is a very sensitive and delicate matter involving the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. It comes during the formation of the government and amid election related clashes in at least three highland provinces which has left more than 10 people dead so far.

Against this background there is a need to thread carefully.

That being said, by way of background, a warrant of arrest was issued for Prime Minister O’Neill in 2014. A Judicial Review was sought on two grounds, that the Chief Magistrate when issuing the Warrant of Arrest acted without or in excess of her jurisdiction when no information was laid, and that the warrant also did not disclose an offence known in law and departs from elements of offence of official corruption prescribed by Section 87 of the Criminal Code.

However, the Court in its ruling on Tuesday rejected these grounds of review and dismissed the proceedings as an abuse of process.

The option now open in this matter is for the Commissioner of Police, myself, to invite the Prime Minister to come in for an interview. This is not a requirement by law but an existing and established protocol the Constabulary has engaged over the years for leaders and high profile people. After all, the premise is that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and so leaders with standing in the society must be respectfully dealt with.

I have had an executive brief on the case made available to me by Director Fraud and Anti Corruption Chief Superintendent Mathew Damaru through Assistant Commissioner Crimes Victor Isouve.

It must be appreciated that actions on this investigation leading up to the issuance of the warrant of arrest were taken prior to my appointment as Police Commissioner. In fact I am the second Commissioner in office after the warrant of arrest was issued for the Prime Minister. However, neither myself, nor the previous Police Commissioner have been made privy to or have had an appreciation of the investigation.

I will now be engaging my Assistant Commissioner Crimes and Director Fraud and his team to assist me to fully appreciate the case after which I will invite the Prime Minister to come in for the interview.

Thank you.

Gari L. Baki, CBE, CStJ, DPS, QPM
Commissioner of Police
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

PM Respects National Court Decisions

Mathew Damaru, the director of the Office of the National Fraud and Anti- Corruption Directorate, said there is no time frame given for the arrest warrant order on O’Neill.

He said currently an invitation letter for the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to go in for questioning is being prepared and they will deliver the letter anytime soon.

Mr. Damaru said the Prime Minister will be formally invited for questioning first.

This follows Tuesday’s court ruling dismissing Police Commissioner Gari Baki’s judicial review application by the National Court.

Meantime, both NCD/Central Commander Sylvester Kalaut and NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi say the onus is now on the police Commissioner to execute the arrest warrant.

The urgent application to review on Tuesday’s decision was filed yesterday morning and Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is expected to give a time and date for it to be heard.

An interim order will be sought immediately to prevent the execution of the arrest warrant until the appeal is determined.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a press statement yesterday afternoon said he respects the National Court’s decision.

O’Neill affirmed, he will appeal the court decision due to various inconsistencies with previous rulings and established precedence.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he will exercise his legal right to appeal to a higher court.

“It is incumbent upon me to protect the integrity of the Office of the Prime Minister, and ensure that these allegations are properly tested in court.
“We must establish a clear set of legal precedents so that this dangerous political tactic cannot be used again in the future as a means to attempt to undermine future Governments.”

Disciplinary force members called to demonstrate maturity

By Sally Pokiton

Members of the disciplinary forces must demonstrate maturity when dealing with domestic issues, a judge of the National Court said.

“Assaulting wives and partners is a sign of sick and weak intellect and far too many soldiers and members of the disciplined force are doing that to their wives and partners.”

Justice Panuel Mogish of the Waigani National Court today made these remarks when delivering his decision on a sentence against a soldier with a 20 year service record.

He said soldiers who assault their wives and partners are a disgrace to the uniform they wear and should be dismissed as a matter of urgency to protect the integrity of the army.

“You abused your training when you assaulted your wife. You treated her like an enemy and applied brutal force to attack her, leaving her with fractures to her arms and legs,” he told George Hanio in court.

“What you did to your wife is disgraceful but is common among serving members of the disciplined force.

“Disciplined soldiers are trained to show restraint in volatile situation in war time. The application of force must be appropriate and relevant to the prevailing circumstances,” he added when sentencing Hanio to three years in jail.

That sentence was suspended and he was put on two years good behavior bond. He had initially assaulted his wife because she was having an affair and slept out of the matrimonial home.

They have since reconciled since he paid a compensation of K4000 to the woman.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/disciplinary-force-members-called-demonstrate-maturity-60151

Tertiary Students to borrow money [Interest-Free ] Themselves to Pay their School Fees

A tertiary education assistance fund will be established to support students whose parents are unable to pay for their tuition fees.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said his People’s National Congress Party will push for the funds establishment if it forms government in September.

He said the fund will be built on the Free Education Policy the Government has funded in the last 6 years.

“Also, we want to expand the program up to the tertiary education, we cannot only educate our kids up to year 12 and allow them to run around and do their own thing, which is what our system has been doing in the last 40 plus years,” O’Neill said on FM 100 Talk Back show on Thursday.

“So what we have to do is expand on it, and we have our team to look at some of the examples around the world, and we have come up with a new issue of establishing a ‘Government Endeavour Fund’.”

O’Neill side the fund will be independently managed and will be self-financing.

“If parents are unable to afford to send their kids to universities or technical colleges, their children can borrow the money themselves and will be interest free, and most flexible repayment term when they start working and earning income over their life time,” PM said.

“This means that they repay the original amount of money back to the fund and the fund will be able to educate future kids because the funds money are not been depleted.”

Loop PNG Charles Yapumi May 26, 2017 at 12.12 pm

 

Comply with World Bank Procurement Process and Guidelines to Serve Farmers Better

*** Officers Told to Follow World Bank Guidelines ***

Officers engaged with Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project must comply with World Bank procurement process and guidelines to serve farmers better.

This was the message given to 18 officers employed as project coordinators, extension officers and data entry clerks by project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.

The officers attended a one-day training in Goroka recently.

“There is no short cut in the PPAP modality. We have to comply with the rules of engagement when it comes to procuring goods and services,” Hombunaka said.

The participants work for partnerships who are implementing coffee rehabilitation work in Goroka.

The activities included improving farmers’ coffee gardens, setting up nurseries for coffee seedlings and carrying out improved post-harvest practices in cluster groups.

The training was conducted by Procurement Consultant Theresa Witi. It was the first time the officers in Eastern Highlands to gain an insight into World Bank’s procurement and tender process conducted by Coffee Industry Corporation through its PPAP coffee component.

The National Newspaper May 24, 2017

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