- Posted January 13, 2014 by
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Systemic corruption undermines rule of law in Papua New Guinea
PRIME MINISTER, PETER O'NEILL BEING DECEPTIVE AND DIVERSIVE FROM THE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUE OF OFFICIAL CORRUPTION
The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tom Kulunga have announced since the District Court Orders on 7th January 2014 setting aside of the Arrest Warrants for himself and Ministers Don Polye and James Marape that they will set up a Special Task Force to investigate what they claim to be “irregular and unauthorised investigations“ by rogue policemen.
PM went on to assert that I was involved in a conspiracy with these policemen and “some defence force elements” to overthrow his legitimate government.
NOTHING CAN BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
I am an informant or complainant against the Prime Minister and the two Ministers over very serious allegations over misappropriation of Hundreds (100s) of Millions of Kina of public funds.
My allegations must be investigated by policemen and women who must not be in any way under the direct or proximate influence and direction of the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill and to that extent, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. ToamiKulunga.
I have been informed that the four (4) policemen who were involved in this investigations have been suspended as of Friday 10th January 2014.
I am also aware of a directive by the Police Commissioner "banning" all other police personnel to become involved in the investigation and that Investigative Task Force Sweep Team (ITFST) is now exclusively assigned this investigations.
As we know the ITFST is a creation of the National Executive Council (NEC) of which the Prime Minister is the chairman. We also know that the ITFST is chaired by a civilian in contradiction of Section 197 of our Constitution.
PRIME MINISTER IS ALSO THE POLICE MINISTER.
How in heavens name are we to be assured of an impartial investigation to bring the perpetrators including the Prime Minister himself and his two Ministers to justice when both the ITFST is his Cabinet’s creation and directly under his control as well as the Police Force.
Prime Minister and Police Commissioner have intentionally been misinforming the people of this nation of the content of the District Court Order setting aside the said Arrest Warrants.
The District Court in fact ruled that it found no irregularities or abuse by the police personnel in the manner in which the Arrest Warrants were obtained. The Court in fact found that the only defect was that the Warrants were sought under Section 9 of the Arrest Act when it should have been under Section 8 which was the relevant provision.
Therefore, the Court said when setting aside the Warrants that the investigation officers can return to court to obtain these Arrest Warrants under the right provision namely Section 8 of the Arrest Act.
I am of the firm belief that the actions of both the Prime Minister and the Police Commissioner are in fact a move to suppress any action to eventually prosecute Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, Treasurer, Don Polye and Finance Minister, James Marapefor very serious indictable offences.
I also believe their actions are carefully charted out to take attention and focus away from the central issue which is - Prime Minister and his two Ministers must be brought to justice for their alleged participation in the fraudulent payment of K71.8 million to Paul Paraka Lawyers.
The benefit of the doubt to arrest and charge the Prime Minister and his two Ministers should no longer be there because the co-suspect and principal offender,Mr Paul Paraka has been charged and is being processed through the normal course of justice, so must this trio because by law they are also principal suspects.
THE IMPARTIALITY OF THE INVESTIGATIONS AS REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 197 OF OUR CONSTITUTION CANNOT BE GUARANTEED IF THE ACTIONS OF BOTH PRIME MINISTER PETER O'NEILL AND POLICE COMMISSIONER TOAMI KULUNGA WERE ALLOWED.
"Impartiality must not only be exercised BUT must be seen to be exercised"
GOD BLESS PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
Hon. Belden Norman Namah, MP
Leader of Opposition
End of Press Statement
As most concerned Papua New Guinean's on social media would already know; the Police Commissioner Toami Kulunga announced in a media release on Friday 10 January, 2014 (uploaded to Peter O'Neill's political party PNC's Facebook page) the suspension of four investigation officers: Detective Inspector Joel Simatab, Detective Sergeant Michael Dukar, Detective Senior Constable Robert Ewail, and First Constable Thaddeus Yangawi - who without fear or favour, performed their constitutional duties without 'irregularities or abuse' as ruled already by the District Court.
However, despite the ruling of the Court, the Police Commissioner further announced on Friday the 10th of January: "I have directed that no further investigation or any arrest shall be carried out by any other section of the Police Force or by any other officer or member of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary other than those attached to Task Force Sweep under the chairmanship of Mr Sam Koim."