Momase top cop hands over reins to Kundi

National, Normal

The National, Tuesday 3rd January 2012

OUTGOING Momase assistant police commissioner Giossi Labi formally handed over duties and responsibilities in command of the three regions to his assistant Allan Kundi to coordinate regional operations.
Labi, who served 41 years in the force, said policing in the country was not easy and needed K2 billion annually to enforce State obligations because of the increase in socio-economic activities and issues.
“The government of the day should have pride and value the importance of policing, which is the backbone of maintaining law and order, to ensure the community is safe and free for citizens’ movement and to instil confidence and trust in investors.
“We can continue to talk about lack of police resources and government’s negligence over the well-being and welfare of the police force while police officers are committed to implementing state obligations to instil peace, harmony, trust and confidence in society,” Labi said.
“Police endure critical challenges during but ensure that State obligations and missions are achieved as they perform to the best of their abilities with limited capacity.”
Labi said the “time has come for me to step aside to allow young vibrant officers to take over and lead Momase, one of the diverse and unique regions in the country”.
“Labi is not taking the police force away with him. It’s only Labi going out with an ambition to make it into politics.”
He commended provincial and metropolitan  commanders and the rank and file throughout the region for their undivided support.
Kundi and Guinness commended Labi for his insight and leadership, saying he set high standards and strategies with business communities to work together to maintain peace and harmony.
Provincial commander Chief Insp Peter Guinness and David Warap, Mondiai, administration officer Supt Leo Lamei and other Lae and Bulolo officers witnessed the occasion.