Rogue PNG soldiers to be axed: Defence Minister

Papua New Guinea Defence Minister Solan Mirisim. Picture: POST COURIER

PORT MORESBY, 29 MAY 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea Defence Minister Solan Mirisim has assured the family of Dr Dean Wahembari that the man responsible for his assault on May 19 will be removed from the force.

Mirisim was responding to Ijivitari MP Richard Masere’s questions in Parliament last Friday on the attack on Dr Wahembari by a group of six soldiers and a civilian.

“In relation to soldiers who attacked a medical doctor that sustained injuries with his eye and ear hindered now by the injuries he received, the PNG Defence Force personnel said when in vigorous training these personnel are given a certain level of training.

“When they attack citizens who have not received military training as they have, they received serious injuries, it is not the first time the PNGDF have been brought under the microscope because of their personnel.

“The policy of one strike and you’re out, is not addressing the issue, young people train to fight and out of frustration for doing nothing, they get drunk and get into this type of situations,” he said.

“What action is the PNGDF doing to minimise and mitigate these incidents from not happening and what control mechanisms will be run to not have a repeat of these in the future,” Mr Masere asked.

Mirisim in response said that while the PNGDF has condemned the actions of the soldier in the strongest term they are investigating the issue.

“The culprit involved in the assault has been locked up. Military police have identified him and investigations are complete. He has since been transferred to the police and locked up at Boroko police cell to be charged.

“We have a zero tolerance on this type of behaviour.

“Investigation reports are ready and we will take action against him after civil charges are laid.

“I assure the doctors, and his family that this officer will be dismissed once and for all,” Mirisim said.

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