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Police retirees obtain stay order on eviction

“We have wholeheartedly served the country and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary with loyalty and commitment. Many of us now retirees joined the force before 1975 and some after 1975 up to 1990s.

That’s from a retired Police Chief Sergeant Alban Duna who has successfully taken out a court order that effectively puts stop to an eviction exercise of retirees from been evicted at their Institutional home at Games villages Post Moresby.

“Yes, our time is up and we have to make space for the new members of the force, but what really hurts is the manner in which the current Police management is treating us- as if we were trash by forcefully evicting us when they have yet to fully pay us out and send us off to our retirement.

“There were times when we had to put our lives at risk just to maintain peace and good order in the country.

Many members of the public can confirm how we handled ourselves as law enforcers compared to the new crop of officers that we have.

The National Court last Monday, ordered that the defendants, Police Commissioner David Manning, Metropolitan Commander Silva Sika, Commander Barracks Jeffrey Simewa, the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the State are permanently restrained from conducting any eviction on the plaintiffs until the substantive matter filed by the plaintiffs is fully heard and determined by the courts.

This effectively restrains any servant or any Policemen from carrying out the eviction exercise or any new Police officer moving in to any of the homes that the plaintiff’s their children and spouses are currently occupying.

Among those that have been evicted are widows and children of retired officers who are yet to be fully paid out their final entitlements.

Four of the retirees, who had passed on and their families evicted are; late Inspector Hosea Perea, late Chief Inspector Gaspar Logoson, late Sergeant Kelly Avae Aua and late Sergeant Andrew Agarong.

According to Chief Sergent Alban Duna, while they had been paid their finish pay under the Constabulary’s standing order, retirees or deceased officers are entitled to be adequately funded and repatriated to their places of recruitment.

Many retirees are still waiting for this part of the payment to be made.