Awesa: Refrain from criminal acts


WORKS and Implementation Minister and Imbonggu MP Francis Awesa has urged the public in Mendi, Southern Highlands, to refrain from getting involved in mob rule and criminal acts over the appointment of a new provincial election manager.
Awesa urged police personnel not to take sides, but remain neutral to uphold the rule of law and ensure public safety prevailed. “Police personnel are there to protect public property and lives. Any contrary act and conduct by our frontline law enforcers would amount to criminal acts, which are punishable by law,” he stressed.
Awesa noted that there was a current court case in progress over the appointment of Jacob Kurap as election manager for SHP replacing David Wakia.
He warned individuals and groups with vested interests that their actions could amount to contempt of court because the matter was being determined by the high court.
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato removed Wakia as election manager and appointed Jacob Kurap in his place and Grace Wong as his deputy, upon recommendation from the SHP administration.

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