Supreme Court backs Prime Minister and rule of law. (How could Namah have got it so wrong?)

By PNG Echo.

I’ve been incommunicado on the other side of the world for some weeks, so yesterday (24 October 2014) with good internet connections temporarily restored, I was shocked to learn that tensions and conflict within the police service in PNG seems to have escalated.

Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki - court has stated and reinforced that he is the ultimate authority - save for the courts.
Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki – court has stated and reinforced that he is the ultimate authority – save for the courts.

Why should that be so when the Supreme Court on October 2 clarified the constitutional position confirming that the Commissioner of Police has ultimate authority and control of his men – and that the duty of a police officer was to obey the orders of superiors?

Well, seems some ‘rogue’ police officers have chosen to disregard the ruling of PNG’s highest court.

A dissident faction, led by Chief Inspector Damaru and Inspector Gitua, seem to have forgotten they are first and foremost police officers and have become righteous zealots, hell bent on carrying out an arrest warrant on the Prime Minister, notwithstanding that the courts have stayed the warrant and regardless of the fact that their superior officer, Commissioner Vaki is currently seeking a judicial review of that same warrant.

These police officers are not only disobeying a chain of command but they are also conveniently ignoring the judgments of the court while screaming from the hilltops about no one being above the law – except themselves, apparently! Continue reading Supreme Court backs Prime Minister and rule of law. (How could Namah have got it so wrong?)

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The court speaks – but some people just hear what they want to hear.

By PNG Echo

You can't disobey a direct court order, but we'll cooperate with you all we can.  Courts attitude to the Commissioner of Police
You can’t disobey a direct court order, but we’ll cooperate with you all we can. Courts attitude to the Commissioner of Police

October 2 Waigani: PNG Supreme Court in its recent judgement has reinforced the powers of the Commissioner of Police who it has stated is responsible for organization, superintendence and control of the Police Force.

The judgment emphasized that, as a disciplinary force, the duty of a police officer was to obey orders of superiors – top of the command chain being the Commissioner of Police.

So, no, a police officer can’t run his own race according to whim, personal prejudices or how he chooses to interpret the constitution‚Ķ. and thank goodness for that – the alternative is a recipe for anarchy!¬† RPNGC would need to be renamed, the undisciplined force. The learned Justices of the Supreme Court would never sanction such a notion.

It was only on one question of a dozen or more where the court found an exception to the ultimate authority of the Police Commissioner over his men and that was in the event that Continue reading The court speaks – but some people just hear what they want to hear.

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