Martyn Namorong is an internationally recognized, young Papua New Guinean writer and blogger. He is the Winner of two major National Awards for Writing and Journalism:
2011 - Winner, Crocodile Prize for Best Essay:
2012 - Winner, Excellence in Anti-Corruption Reporting Award
The National Executive Council has terminated Anthony Wagambie as Police Commissioner.
Mr. Wagambie will be replaced by former Deputy Commissioner, Tom Kulunga, who will act in the position until a substantive appointment is made.
Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill says Deputy Police Commissioner Operations, Fred Yakasa will also be replaced.
Announcing this late this afternoon in a media statement, Mr. O'Neill says the decision was regrettable, blaming the Somare Government for leading Mr. Wagambie into the situation.
Mr. Wagambie's appointment was found to have been made without the mandatory consultation process with appropriate authorities. He was found to have gone over the compulsory retirement age of 60-years for Heads of State departments.
Mr. Wagambie's appointment was also found to be for only 14 months, which expires in July 2012, which is against the Police Act, which requires an appointment to be for four years.
The Prime Minister claims there is no politics involved in the changes, adding that the move is to ensure the Royal PNG Constabulary is stable when the country goes in for the National General Elections.
Mr. O'Neill says, the Government will ensure Mr. Wagambie does not suffer any financial loss because of the premature termination.