New Police Service Chairman appointed, but not Police CommissionerPosted: July 13, 2016
Two weeks ago the Government said it would not allow politics to interfere in the appointment of a new Police Commissioner. Radio Vanuatu News today has the Parliamentary Secretary for Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, saying the panel has completed its work but the authorities are as yet unable to say when the Commissioner appointment will take place. Daily Post reports today that the Police Service Commission now has a new Chairman. Api Jack Marikembo was yesterday removed as Chairman by the Head of State and Minister for Internal Affairs and replaced by Willie Vira. Apparently Marikembo has had a conviction recorded against him, and whilst his sentence was reduced he has not been pardoned, which would be a necessity for holding the post. It is expected this may lead to other complications. The changes have been gazetted. Daily Post says the changed appointment has nothing to do with the delays in appointing the new Police Commissioner. At least that’s what a “government source” told them.
The Vanuatu Opposition is reported by Radio Vanuatu as saying that it is happy with the Government-inspired initiative to reduce the annual expenses of maintaining the government fleet of vehicles. This concentrates mainly on use of such cars after work hours when only a small number of such vehicles may operate.
Three gross pollutant traps are being installed along George Kalsakau Drive as part of the Port Vila Urban Development Project. Team leader Lawrence Carlson says these will separate rubbish such as plastic bags, tins and bottles from storm and flood waters, before drainage into the harbour. (Daily Post)
An awareness team of the office of the Public Solicitor is conducting workshops on Tanna concerning the Constitution and the rights and responsibilities of people of the island. North, East and South Tanna are being visited this week says Radio Vanuatu News. These public gatherings enable discussion of the most common offences on the island and are expected to enhance the role of the police. (Radio Vanuatu)