The National – Monday, February 14, 2011
TWO police stations in Moresby Northwest electorate were each presented with a brand new vehicle by their local MP and opposition strongman Sir Mekere Morauta last Friday.
The Mazda double-cabin T65 series four-wheel-drive vehicles were presented to Waigani and Gerehu police personnel in front of a excited crowd at the Gerehu sports and recreational oval.
Sir Mekere, before presenting the vehicles, said law and order was a big problem and in order for police to deal with it effectively they must be adequately resourced.
“When different people with different mentalities live together in a society you must expect problems,” he said.
“Therefore police is vital in places like Port Moresby, and if the police are looked after well they will provide the umbrella for peace.”
Sir Mekere said the vehicles were small compared to the enormous needs of the police force but said that it was a significant start to help the local police.
NCD Central commander ACP Fred Sheekiot, who spoke on behalf of the police, thanked Sir Mekere for his help and promised that the vehicle would be used for police work in the electorate and not for private use.
“These vehicles will be used for police work only and not private matters,” Sheekiot said.
He promised the people of Moresby Northwest and Sir Mekere that the vehicles would be given due care and put into good use.
Gerehu police station commander Insp Steven Kapera supported Sheekiot’s call saying that any officer found misusing the vehicles would be sacked without notice.
He urged the people of Gerehu and Waigani to report rogue officers who misuse the vehicles to him and his collegue, Insp Tony Kavan, so that those officers involved would be dealt with.
The vehicles were bought last year at K89,000 each from PNG Motors using the MP’s electoral funds and were only delivered to the two police station commanders last Friday.