By DEMAS TIEN
THE Supreme Court has ordered Chief Inspector Bernard Nepo to pay K30,000 as security for the cost of his appeal to challenge a National Court decision that quashed his appointment as acting Correctional Services (CS) commissioner.
The court, presided by Justice George Manuhu, Justice Allan David and Justice Hitelai Polume-Kiele, dismissed Nepo’s stay application yesterday.
Nepo was seeking orders to stay a National Court decision made by Justice Collin Makail on May 5.
The National Court decision also reinstated Michael Waipo as CS commissioner after he was removed by the National Executive Council (NEC) on Feb 9.
An interim order Nepo sought in his application to allow him to resume office as acting commissioner was also dismissed.
The order for Nepo to pay security was sought by Waipo in an application.
The court refused to grant an order sought by Waipo to restrain the NEC, Minister for Correctional Services Jimmy Simatab, the ministerial executive appointments committee and Nepo from interfering with his reinstatement pending the outcome of Nepo’s appeal.
This was because it had no power to interfere with administrative disciplinary processes.
Nepo said outside court that although he was disappointed with the outcome, he accepted the order for him to pay K30,000 as security for the cost of his appeal to challenge the decision.
Nepo said he would discuss with his lawyer the available options to deal with the security cost.
“I am an ordinary citizen,” he said.
“I’ve got the right in pursuing issues in court.
“But it is the prerogative of the court so I will discuss with my lawyer and see what options are available for me.”
By DEMAS TIEN