Bryan Kramer

Police Minister stresses on responsible information sharing

Police Minister Bryan Kramer made this call during the announcement of a strategic joint task force team to monitor the coronavirus pandemic.

Unconfirmed information being spread on social media on Wednesday, the 18th of March, saw hysterical citizens rush into shops and buy stocks in bulk, leaving empty shelves in their wake.

Known as panic buying, this situation could have been avoided if Papua New Guineans had been responsible as well as critical.

Joint task force to respond to COVID-19

This was announced in a joint media conference yesterday attended by Police Minister Bryan Kramer, Health Minister Jelta Wong, the Acting Secretary for Health, Dr Paison Dakulala, Police Commissioner David Manning, head of St John’s Ambulance Services, Matthew Cannon, and other government officials, including the PNG Fire Service.

Police Minister Kramer also confirmed at the media conference that there is no case of the COVID-19 in PNG as yet. However, he said rather than wait for a case to arise, a rapid response team will be set up to respond in real time in the communities.

Porgera raid against Ministers advise

Kramer said he was informed of the impending raid during his last visit to Porgera and strongly advised against it given the lack of protective gear and training.

He said when he learnt of the death of the police officer he was upset.

Minister Kramer was responding to questions by NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, on the proliferation of guns in tribal communities in rural PNG.

Racial slur upsets MPs

During questions without notice, the Madang Governor asked the Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister, Davis Steven, to clarify police operations regarding election petitions, claiming he was “confronted” by police personnel on two separate occasions.

“I was confronted by policemen, mobile squad, at the Jackson’s airport with my family for a very minor issue – election petition. I had an election petition filed against me and I won the case,” said Yama.

Chief Justice files complaint against Police Minister

In his letter to the acting Police Commissioner, dated November 11th, Chief Sir Gibbs Salika said his complaint is against Kramer’s post on Facebook relating to his role in referring a matter for Justice Nicholas Miviri to deal with “in relation to an application for interim stay of a warrant of arrest by the Waigani District Court to arrest” Peter O’Neill.

“His article on the Facebook page is inciting trouble or tending to cause trouble or ill-feeling among people,” wrote the Chief Justice.

Criminal complaint lodged against Kramer: O’Neill

In a statement released today, former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the complaint, filed today with the Royal PNG Constabulary Metropolitan Superintendent, seeks a full criminal investigation into the actions of Kramer on allegations of forging an official police warrant.

O’Neill said this is chargeable under Official Corruption Section 87 of the Criminal Code Act and Forgery under Section 462 Criminal Code Act, and further for defamation under Section 21 (2) of the Cyber Crime Code Act.

Kramer clarifies O’Neill’s arrest warrant

Kramer was responding to claims levelled against him by former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, saying the warrant to arrest him for official corruption was politically motivated.

“The court does not issue a warrant based on politically motivated arrests,” stated Kramer.

Housing scheme for police personnel

Minister Bryan Kramer said he will discuss with cabinet to engage potential contractors to look at establishing similar housing projects as that done by Red Sea Housing at Bomana, outside Port Moresby.

Discussions have taken place also with Nambawan Super on its three to four thousand housing project, with possibility of the police department securing at least 500 for its employees.

Minister Kramer said such housing schemes are necessary in the case that a police officer retires, he may as well own the house that he has been occupying.

Taser guns, rubber bullets for police personnel

These are some of the initiatives that will be applied by the Royal PNG Constabulary in policing, especially when it involves tense situations. It is hoped these measures will limit the escalation of violence.

There have been numerous incidents where members of the public are killed by police during confrontations or unrests. The most recent shooting death occurred at Erima on September 28th when settlers clashed with members of the force.

Perform, address serious issues: Kramer

Police Minister Bryan Kramer says issues affecting the force are very extensive that expectations are high for the hierarchy.

During the announcement of the new acting Police Commissioner on September 3rd, the Police Minister stressed on performance.