7 Dec 2011

PNG government accused of interference

9:53 pm on 7 December 2011

A former Papua New Guinea police commissioner is taking legal action against the revocation of his position and says politicians are interfering too much in police appointments.

The former acting deputy commissioner of police operations, Fred Yakasa, suddenly had his position revoked last week, and has been offered a transfer to Bouganville.

Mr Yakasa says it was a government decision and he was given no reason for it.

"There's unecessary interference in the organisation by politicians. I'm not taking the case to court because I am being dropped as acting deputy. I am basically trying to help lawmakers or otherwise to put some sort of precedent in place where politicians should not be actually kicking us around there must be reasons for revocations."

Fred Yakasa says when there are changes in government, it is often followed by changes in senior police appointments, which is not good for the stability of the organisation.