Solomon Islands Civil Society Group Says Appointment Of Police Commissioner Violated Procedure

Malaita Ma’asina Forum President says job was never advertised

By Aatai John

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 6, 2017) – The Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has criticised the recent appointment of our new police commissioner claiming that the appointment “did not follow the normal process”.

Speaking to Solomon Star, MMF president Charles Dausabea said the job was never advertised.

“This position is a constitutional post, thus recruitment of any suitable person must follow the process of advertisement, interview and recommendation from the interview panel,” Mr Dausabea said.

He said why is it that when the contract of former police commissioner expired, another Australian is appointed to the job without following the right process of appointment.

“Did Cabinet members knew about this or agreed to this new appointment?” he asked.

Mr Dausabea said the way the new commissioner of police is recruited undermines the sovereignty of this country.

“It clearly shows that Solomon Islands Government will continue to bow down to Canberra,” the MMF president said.

“The appointment of this new police commissioner is an act of selling away the independence, justice and sovereignty of this country.”

He said this could be a tactic to delay arrests for Members of Parliament that have cases pending before the police for six to eight years.

He claimed that 20 members of parliament both former and current are on the list of arrest by Janus.

“But the move to recruit the new commissioner of police looks suspicious that politicians are trying to escape the hook,” Mr Dausabea said.

The former East Honiara MP then called on the national government to stand on principles and not to repeat what “Judas did in betraying Christ for 30 pieces of silver”.

“Solomon Islands can be the sixth state of Australia if it is not careful on its decision makings,” Mr Dausabea said.

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