29 Dec 2012

PNG govt considers replacing Commander of Defence Force

6:21 am on 29 December 2012

The Papua New Guinea Government is to consider replacing the commander of the PNG Defence Force, Brigadier-General Francis Agwi, in the New Year, amid allegations of the mis-use of funds.

The Post Courier newspaper reports the Defence Minister Dr Fabian Pok, saying there has been a serious breakdown in command and control in the PNGDF, as well as the alleged misuse of more than one million kina.

There is already a short list of four candidates to succeed Brigadier General Agwi, including Colonel Geoffrey Wiri and Colonel Joseph Fabila - the current front-runners for his job.

Dr Pok has highlighted a number of serious disciplinary cases that he claims the commander has failed to properly address.

And he alleges insubordination by the commander when he apparently refused to implement instructions issued by the Minister for Defence and the National Court.