"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Baki and Wagambie: Bitter Rivalry and Internal Politics

LNG Watch: An interesting article from the archives!

From the Post-Courier (19/3/10)
THERE is a new twist in the Police hierarchy on the appointment of the Deputy Police Commissioner Operations.
Sidelined Deputy Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki has been recalled to his position while the incumbent Anthony Wagambie will return to his substantive position as Assistant Commissioner Southern Region.
In a minute dated March 12 addressed to Mr Vaki, from Commissioner Baki, it stated that "It has become necessary to recall you back to duty. You will assume your former position as Deputy Commissioner Operations with effect no later than 8am, Monday 15th March. The present incumbent, Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie will return to his previous postings as Commander Southern Region."
Copies were also sent to the Minister for Internal Security Sani Rambi and Deputy Commissioner Administration.
Commissioner Baki is currently facing a contempt of court proceedings taken out by Mr Wagambie on allegations of defying a court order to install him as acting Deputy Commissioner Operations last year.
Mr Baki when contacted yesterday said Deputy Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki was sidelined originally on allegations of abusing a woman.
"Its almost a year and its unfair on him to be left in the dark despite being on full pay".
"I had to make this administrative decision because currently I cannot work with my deputy, and at the same time it is totally unfair on Mr Vaki to be kept in suspense. I have directed that he resumes today while I take the necessary papers to NEC explaining my actions".
"The National Executive Council had met last year and appointed Anthony Wagambie to act on the position, but Assistant Commissioner for criminal investigations Raphael Huafolo was installed to act as acting chief of operations until early this year when Mr Wagambie moved into office".

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