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Acting Police Commissioner Manning to restore accountability in PNG Police Force


David Manning is officially now the new Acting Police Commissioner - this after the release of the National Gazette confirming his appointment by the National Government yesterday.

Acting Commissioner Manning replaces Francis Tokura, who goes back to his substantive as Chief of Bougainville police.

Following this appointment NCD/Central Commander Assistant Commissioner Donald Yamasombi has been appointed to position of Deputy Commissioner Operations for a period of three months.

Mr. Manning said Lae’s Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Junior will be transferred to Port Moresby to fill in the NCD/Central Commander’s position until substantive appointments are made.

He said the instruments revoking Mr Tokura’s appointment and his appointment as acting Police Commissioner were served yesterday as well, putting to rest all uncertainties pertaining to this matter.

Mr Manning said Tokura’s relegation back to his substantive position as Chief of the Bougainville Police was timely especially at this time of the referendum.

He also took time to thank Mr Tokura for exercising common sense and maturity during the transition period adding that Mr Tokura was still a part of the top echelon of the Constabulary in charge of Bougainville police.

The Acting Police Commissioner wasted no time in choosing the slogan ‘Driving a change through leadership and discipline’ which he said is the catch phrase of his ambition and intent to revamp the Constabulary, bring back accountability and good governance.

Mr Manning said he will address senior officers of the Constabulary next week at Police Headquarters during which, some of his intentions will be announced.

NBC News/ PNG Today

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