[> Subject: Re: Politics is tearing our province apart!
who is the hijacker?
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Date Posted: Sat, Apr 21 2007, 01:13:43pm
Another twist on Monday 16 April, refer extract from PC, who planned a these, traepela shame yah and who is responsble?
Top post ‘hijacked’
THERE are fears senior government ministers and officials falsified a Cabinet decision regarding the appointment of a Papua New Guinea Defence Force Secretary.
Police are aware and are investigating.
Cabinet, at its March 13-16 meeting in Wewak, decided to appoint acting National Security Advisory Council chairman Stephen Raphael to the (PNGDF Secretary) position.
The man who was reportedly removed by Cabinet from the position, Fred Punangi, was still sitting at his Murray Barracks Secretary’s chair when the paper contacted the office.
There are allegations the process was “hijacked” by senior government ministers and other officials after Cabinet had agreed Mr Raphael should takeover the position.
Reports reaching the Post-Courier yesterday from government circles, stated after the NEC meeting in Wewak last month, the final documents reaching the legislature’s office had Mr Punangi’s name instead of Mr Raphael.
Police said yesterday they were aware of the matter and were investigating allegations Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare’s signature was forged on documents that showed Punangi was still the legitimate secretary.
Police could not elaborate on the issue because they claimed the issue was sensitive as it involved members of Government.
The Prime Minister’s office, when contacted yesterday, said it was aware but could not comment because this was “a non-issue”.
The PNGDF hierarchy confirmed they were aware Mr Raphael was to take over the position as their secretary and confirmed Mr Punangi was still in office.
Officers said there was confusion surrounding the position despite receiving confirmation from the PM’s office Mr Raphael was to take over as their secretary.
The Public Service minister’s and department office contacted before close of business yesterday also confirmed there was confusion over the position saying the issue was seriously a matter of concern.
The office advised a public statement would be released later this week.
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