Legislation governing Vanuatu Police Force needs updating, says Minister for Internal Affairs

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The Minister for Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, says there is need for changes to the law governing the Vanuatu Police Force. “Cap 105 needs a major review,” he says. “There are now many gaps with the introduction of new technologies. There have been reviews to the Act, but more are needed.” He spoke of many changes which have been introduced in the forces such as the allowances introduced by previous governments, which have not been properly governed by Cap 105. “Now is the time for a major review.” (Radio Vanuatu)

Business licences are now being demanded by the Port Vila Municipality of businesses operating in the capital. A by-law dating back to 2000 covers the necessity of such a permit. The Town Hall says the fees required are only a third of what the Department of Customs requires. However, the payment of the fees has never been enforced. Officers are now requiring payment. (Daily Post)

Five men convicted of the offence of kidnapping of two Tanna Lodge employees in August last year are receiving terms of imprisonment of two years each. The Chief Justice has said the actions and conduct of the defendants was intolerable and unacceptable in any society, community, island or village. He declined to offer any sort of suspension of the term. (Daily Post)

China’s claim to the South China Sea has been supported by the Vanuatu Government, as explained by the Prime Minister two months ago. The international Permanent Court of Arbitration has this week declared in favour of the Philippines in the matter.  Vanuatu is, however, maintaining its support for China in the South China Sea issue. (Daily Post)

The two huge steel bridges being constructed on Tanna by the company CCECC are nearing completion. Road markets and kava bars are setting up in expectation of greater roadside business through to South Tanna, although the first coat of bitumen is yet to be laid. (Daily Post)