September 9, 2019

Manning reaffirms his appointment by PNG Govt

PNG acting Police Commissioner David Manning has reaffirmed that he was duly appointed by the National Executive Council to assume the role of Acting Police Commissioner.
Commissioner Manning said this today while rebutting a statement in the Post-Courier today by Mr Francis Tokura who is defiantly holding himself out as the Acting Police Commissioner despite a formal gazette revoking his appointment last week.
Acting Commissioner Manning said the statement by Mr Tokura in the Post-Courier claiming that NEC had flawed while making the changes to the Commissioner’s position was hypothetical and misleading.
“The government has the prerogative to revoke and appoint departmental heads and no one can question the decisions made by cabinet,” Mr Manning said today while rebutting Tokura’s claim.
Mr Manning said a meeting was convened on Friday 6th of September 2019 during which a copy of the national gazette confirming his appointment was shown to all senior officers at police headquarters.
Mr Manning said a copy of the national gazette was also presented to Mr Tokura and he was directed by my office to travel to Bougainville to assume his substantive position as Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Bougainville Police Service to receive the Prime Minister and his government delegation who will be travelling there this week.
Acting Commissioner Manning said he will meet with all senior officers of the RPNGC sometime this week to announce his vision and plans for the Constabulary.
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