Wapenamanda MP decries action by cabinet

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The National, Monday 14th November 2011

THE suspension of Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is the action of a desperate government, Enga’s Wapenamanda MP Miki Kaeok says.
“On behalf of the people of Wapenamanda electorate, I condemn the decision of the government in the strongest term possible to suspend the chief justice in this most undignified manner,” he said.
“It is indeed immoral, unethical and an act of desperation without rational and proper consideration.
 “Sir Salamo, a proud son of Wapenamanda, who has an unblemished record in his career as a high court judge, has reached the pinnacle of the judiciary on merit.
“And to be unceremoniously dumped in a swift decision as such was a clear disrespect and a slap in the face for the people of Wapenamanda and the Enga province.
“Undoubtedly, Sir Salamo is now seen to be paying the price for what can be best described and concluded as a power struggle in light of the pending Supreme Court decision (relating to the East Sepik provincial executive reference).”
Kaeok called on the members of the judiciary to be more cautious in the move orchestrated by the government to suspend their head without any reasonable and lawful justification.
He commended Justice George Manuhu’s refusal to accept the appointment to the tribunal to investigate the chief justice.