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The appointment of Chief of Police of Bougainville Francis Tokura goes against the spirit of the Bougainville Peace Agreement,” acting Police Commissioner Gari Baki has said.
He said this when referring to the appointment of Tokura as the acting Police Commissioner.
“Consultations were not held between the government and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and the Commissioner of Police before the appointment, and there are implications to the Bougainville Referendum,” Baki said.
“Tokura is a substantive RPNGC assistant commissioner that has been seconded to Bougainville on permanent arrangements, and we have agreed to that in principle and basically the consultation process has been undertaken by the police commissioner and Bougainville president John Momis.
“For him to come and assume this responsibility, he will have need to have his appointment revoked, that means that I will have to get the instrument of appointment back and consult with ABG.
“In this point in time I have not been consulted, as far as Tokura is concerned and I am concerned Francis Tokura still remains the chief of Bougainville Police by the instruments of appointment I have with him.
“In that consultation process the commissioner of police is required to write to the ABG to inform them of Tokura’s recall and nominate a replacement, and if Tokura is to transfer back to Port Moresby, after three months the government will have to appoint somebody else and Tokura will have no job.
“There is a need to ensure continuity and stability within the police force and there must be smooth and natural transition period and the Bougainville Peace Agreement has been compromised and the Bougainville Referendum should not be negatively impacted and police officers must have their careers protected.”
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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