Posted By Staff Reporter
The Ombudsman Commission, is warning leaders to be careful of their actions, and not to breach the Leadership Code, over their conduct in the recent criminal allegations surrounding the Prime Minister, and subsequent events.
In a statement this afternoon, Chief Ombudsman Rigo Lua and Ombudsman Pheobe Sangetari said the Commission is extremely concerned with recent events, which include the violation of a lawful court order, the disbanding of Task Force Sweep, the appointment of the Acting Police Commissioner, decommissioning of the Justice Minister and Attorney General, and the suspensions of the Deputy Police Commissioner and a senior police investigator.
Mr. Lua and Ms. Sangetari said, the events have caused doubts, fear and suspicion in the minds of Papua New Guineans, and the international community.
The Commissioner questioned if due process was followed in appointing the acting Police Commissioner, who initiated it and the criteria used, if there were other candidates proposed, and if the acting Commissioner took an oath of office and was sworn into office before exercising the powers of the Commissioner.
The Commission said, it is confident the courts are aware of actions taken by those upset by these moves by the Government, and that it will deliver justice to the issues.
Reminding leaders to exercise caution and restraint, the Commission said, nothing should prevent it from referring any leader found in misconduct.
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