By JACOB POK
MINISTER for Internal Security Sani Rambi instructed Police Commissioner Gari Baki yesterday to immediately reinstate Anthony Wagambie as the acting Deputy Police Commissioner of the RPNGC without further delay.
The minister told Mr Baki to “respect due process that governs the constabulary and implement government directives without bureaucratising it.”
The minister made reference to the National Court decision that upheld the National Executive Council decision on the appointment of Mr Wagambie and told Mr Baki to comply with the orders issued by the court. Mr Rambi said: “I am much aware of the predicament that exist at the top management of the constabulary of which I am certain the commissioner is capable to manage, however, the executive Government’s directives and decisions are based on State interest and that at all times must be implemented by the commissioner or me as the minister responsible.”
He instructed Mr Baki to allow Mr Wagambie to take office as of the date of the letter, which was yesterday.
Not aware of the minister’s intervention, Mr Wagambie went to the commissioner’s office at Konedobu around 2pm yesterday and hand delivered contempt charges to Mr Baki, who was about to exit the office with the minister and were caught along the way.
The contempt charges were filed after Mr Baki failed to comply with the orders of Justice Ambeng Kandakasi to reinstate Mr Wagambie.
Attempts to get comments from Mr Baki last night were unsuccessful.