Post-Courier 18 January 2011
The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is cracking up.
And the split is apparent between the Special Services Division (SSD) and the new special task force established by Acting Police Commissioner Tony Wagambie.
Yesterday, members of the SSD serving in the mining and petroleum sites in the Highlands demanded Acting Police Commissioner Tony Wagambie and Deputy Commissioner for operations Fred Yakasa to treat their counterparts fairly and stop the divide and rule tactics.
Mr Wagambie could not be reached for comments last night, however, both him and Mr Yakasa last week said that the stand-off was based on mis-information and blamed the problems on lack of discipline and not on management.
SSD membes however, described their statement as a "blatant lie", and claimed that they out to protect their sons ordered to execute their interests.
The officers in the Highlands deployed for the LNG project have demanded the arrest of two dismissed policemen who Mr Wagambie reinstated and promoted.
This is if Mr Wagambie wants to have normalcy returned and allow the traditions of the constabulary to remain, they said.
The officers told the Post Courier that Mr Wagambie should put away his differences with suspended Commissioner Gary Baki and concentrate on what he can do to improve the constabulary.
They warned that if Mr Wagambie and Mr Yakasa were using their men to fabricate evidence against the members of the SSD, they had no choice but to call for a mass withdrawal from the project sites.
"We will withdraw and see what the two top bosses will do.
"If they want to apply the divide and rule tactic, than we guess we should decide what we can do because they are there with the first priority to shoot us down," the SSD members from the highlands said.