2012 - Police changes another piece of the NA strategy?November 12 2010 at 11:03 AM
A little while back, I suggested that the establishment of the PNG TV network and the acquisition of the Kumul Falcon aircraft were all part of the NA's broader strategy around ensuring a successful outcome to win the 2012 elections. TV for propoganda. Falcon to ferry candidates around. I also suggested that the NA strategy could also be focused on ensuring key people in key roles.
The installation of General Agwi (a Sepik) as Defence commander appeared to affirm my view. At the time I suggested further that the next most logical key post would be Gari Baki's role as Police Commisioner. Is it a mere conicidence that Baki has been sidelined and replaced by a Sepik?
The National Report
POLICE in the nations capital was placed on full alert last night after the National Executive Council suspended Police Commissioner Gari Baki. The government moved quickly to replace him, naming veteran cop Tony Wagambie acting police commissioner and Fred Yakasa as deputy. The NEC, in making the move, also ordered investigations into his conduct as police chief in the past four years. Baki is under suspension with full pay until the investigations are completed. Bakis job was on the line after Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare removed Police Minister Sani Rambi and replaced him with Mark Maipakai. In documents leaked to the media, the prime minister had accused Baki and Rambi of misleading senior members of cabinet into getting K10 million approved for LNG operations.
After transferring Rambi from police to the labour portfolio, the prime minister wrote to Public Service Minister Peter ONeill to prepare papers to replace Baki.
The letter to ONeill stated reasons that the commissioner had allowed the police force to run down and there was a general breakdown in law and order.
Baki had responded last Friday, categorically denying the allegations that he had misled the prime minister and senior cabinet ministers.
He said in his briefing to cabinet that the withdrawal of police personnel did not affect the whole of the LNG project areas, but only in Kopi, Kikori and Gobe.
The main reason was on logistics difficulties that police were experiencing for the whole LNG project, and it was necessary to secure additional funding from the government in addition to what Esso Highlands was providing for operational work, which was outside the agreed arrangements covered in a memorandum of understanding.
Bakis brief also explained that by solely relying on the funding provided by the LNG developer would create a notion, or allow people to form opinions, that the deployment of the police mobile squads to the LNG project sites was merely a private security arrangement for the project.
He stated it also questioned the constitutional independence of the police force.
Factions within the police force received news of the suspension of Baki with mixed reactions.
One group mobilised last night on Burns Peak, ready to move into a deserted police headquarters at Konedobu.
Security was also stepped up for senior cabinet ministers and the prime minister amid the reported build-up of tension last night.
MORE POLICE CHANGES - ALARM BELLS??
|November 16 2010, 12:34 PM |
Olgeta. I do not want to sound alarmist but further to below, does any one else see what I see? The appointment of his son (Sepik) to head up Special Services Division??????????????? My goodness I hope that this is not what I think it is................................................
Post Courier 16/11/10
Wagambie cracks the whip
By TODAGIA KELOLA
ACTING Police Commissioner Anthony Wagambie has announced a major reshuffle in key senior operational positions in the police force.
And as expected Assistant Commissioner Crimes Raphael Huafolo has been replaced and put in the pool while Assistant Commissioner for Bougainville Police Services, Thomas Eluh takes over the Crimes Division.
Director of Special Services Division Superintendent David Manning has been put in the pool while Madangs Provincial Police Commander Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr has been appointed to act in the post.
Other changes also made in the transfer directive that came into effect immediately were Superintendent Joseph Tondop PPC for Chimbu to be the a/Metropolitan Superintendent, NCD, Police Station Commander Madang to be appointed a/Provincial Police Commander Madang, Chief Inspector Ben Turi from OIC CID NCD to 2IC Forensic, Gordon, Senior Inspector Mark Yangen from PSC Boroko to a/OIC CID NCD, Superintendent Andy Bawa to resume as Superintendent Operations, Chief Inspector Jim Namora Superintendent Operations NCD to PSC Boroko and Chief Inspector Kale Metropolitan Superintendent Mt Hagen to a/PPC Chimbu.
Mr Wagambie could not be reached for comment on the changes but a senior officer when contacted, said: Unlike any other organisations, the police force is a disciplinary organisation where the Commissioner has to stamp his authority so that there is command and control in all divisions.
It is also the prerogative of the Commissioner to make a reshuffle within the Force.
According to the minute that was sent to all officers concerned the transfer is to prevent the uncertainty and the perception of the lack of command and control within the force after the Governments decision to change the Commissioner.
One of the appointees Super-intendent Bawa currently suspended and charged with official corruption said with respect to the Commissioners directive, his case was exceptional because the matter was still before the courts and he wants to clear it before taking up the post.
It is only proper that the courts handle my case before I can take up the post, Superintendent Bawa said.
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