CCAC: PNG is facing a constitutional crisis

Members of the Community Coalition Against Corruption (CCAC) say PNG is facing a constitutional crisis orchestrated by individuals who “seem to think the public offices they hold entitles them to undermine the basic principles of PNG's democracy.”

The CCAC which is co-chaired by Transparency International PNG met with the Media Council last week to discuss national issues.

“The CCAC does not accept the closure of the National Fraud & Anti-Corruption Directorate by the Police Commissioner.

“It cannot be seen as coincidental that, immediately following court decisions regarding the work of senior police officers, action was taken to close down the office and place it under siege by police officers who do not appear to understand the implications of their actions.

“ The CCAC reminds members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary that efforts to obstruct the legal process can result in the Judiciary executing its inherent powers to administer the law and ensure that justice is served for the best interest of the nation,” said the CCAC members.

The members went on to encourages all involved in public office to consider the powers they have, and the obligations they carry and to ensure that the laws, the Constitution and institutions of PNG are treated with the required respect and honesty.

“Solemn promises have been given to the people of PNG and each office holder should examine these promises and his or her inherent powers in responding to attacks on the foundations of our society.

“Finally, the CCAC appeals to elected leaders to demonstrate moral and ethical leadership and responsibility.

 “PNG is being dragged into a constitutional crisis which creates division within society and even within the institutions established to protect the people and their constitution.

The CCAC has confidence that public officials can see the danger and their obligations,” said the CCAC members.

Troy Taule