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The law is applicable to everyone, regardless of who it is: ACP Wagambie

Assistant Commissioner of Police-NCD and Central Anthony Wagambie Jr has confirmed that an official complaint against a sitting member of parliament has been received and registered by the NCD Criminal Investigation Division.

ACP Wagambie confirmed that the complaint was registered on Sunday (yesterday) at Boroko Police Station after investigators found from initial enquiries that they have a case to investigate.

“The complainants are the sitting MP’s wife and daughters.

They have registered a complaint against the husband and father for sexual abuse over a period of time,” he added.

We have started enquiries into this after the wife and daughters of the sitting MP approached police.

The wife and daughters of the MP had approached my office to seek assistance, as they did not know where else to go.

I would like to make it clear that this has nothing to do with politics. Police are acting upon a complaint.

“The law is applicable to everyone, regardless of who it is,” ACP Wagambie said.

He said police FSVU officers have taken out and successfully served an Interim Protection
Order (IPO) on the MP’s lawyer.

“This is to protect the wife and daughters from any interference or threats while the investigation is taking place,” he added.

“Police have registered two crime reports for two of the MPs daughters.”

ACP Wagambie confirmed that he has briefed the Deputy Commissioners of Police and Police Commissioner.

The Post-Courier understands that the complainant, wife of the minister, and his daughters are currently under protective custody following the complaints.

Prior to travelling to the United States, Prime Minister James Marape has confirmed that police are investigating the allegations laid against Minister for Agriculture Aiye Tambua.

He confirmed that the ministry of Agriculture is now with him as the government allows the investigations be carried out.

He further stated that “every person is innocent until they are proven guilty, Mr Tambua announced his standing down as minister and explained his side of the story.”

I was shocked with the news last week, I had no report on my desk on the allegations, however, allegations were made and they are being handled by the Sexual offence’s unit in Boroko he added.

“I have asked police commissioner David Manning to furnish a full report on what has happened but I want to appreciate Mr Tambua knowing an allegation was made against him.

“I accepted him stepping out of office,” Mr Marape said.

He said: “These are allegations and are subject to police investigations.”

However, I want to make it clear, the government does not tolerate sexual offences against women and girls, and the police process has started, if these offences are proven to be true, that is another matter which everyone is subject to as is the rule of law in this country,” Mr Marape said.

“I will release a statement in due course,” he added.

Responding to questions raised by the Post-Courier on the ministry, Mr Marape said the ministry continues to work and also announced the appointment of a new secretary for Agriculture.

Mr Marape said this as he flew into United States for the second Pacific Island Leaders meeting with President Joe Biden.