TROUBLE BETWEEN SOLOMON ISLANDS POLICE COMMISSIONER AND PARLIAMENTARIAN

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 21, 1999 - PACNEWS/SIBC)---Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Frank Short has filed a complaint with the Government against a parliamentarian -- Nathaniel Waena, a member for Ulawa Ugi Constituency -- who allegedly abused him over the recent ethnic problems in Guadalcanal Province.

Commissioner Short’s complaint was filed with Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa‘alu, the Minister for Police and National Security and the Leadership Code Commission.

Waena confirmed he had a heated conversation with Short over the telephone. He reportedly asked the Commissioner to consider resigning from the force and leaving the country.

According to Waena, Short should be blamed for the escalation of ethnic tension in Guadalcanal province.

Waena said he called the Commissioner to complain about a police operation in East Honiara on Monday night (April 19). The operation resulted in the arrest of two armed men who are facing charges for their involvement in the ethnic problems on Guadalcanal.

Short said there are proper channels for Waena to register his dissatisfaction.

According to the Commissioner, Waena accused him of being in the Solomon Islands for monetary gain.

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