17 Nov 2006

PNG Police Commission confident of stability in force despite upheavals

6:45 pm on 17 November 2006

Papua New Guinea's Police Commission says the force remains stable despite a series of upheavals this week.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that the Acting Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga has been suspended while investigations continue into the Julian Moti affair.

In response, the PNG Police Association threatened industrial action unless Mr Kulunga was reinstated in the job.

The Association also appealed to the government to immediately appoint a permanent police commissioner.

A Police Commission spokesman, Dominic Kakas, says Mr Kulunga, who has been credited with bringing stability to the constabulary, has called for the Force to respect the government's decision.

"Mr Kulunga appealed to the members to continue to work. The members have sworn an oath to protect and serve the community, regardless, they've got a constitutional duty. And they've been asked to go back on duty to respect the decision of the government of the day and basically be loyal to the government. They've appealed to the membership to do so."