Dear Editor – May I refer to Solomon Star issue No: 6661 dated on Tuesday 1st August 2017 at front page “Varley Defends his Decision”, and in Solomon Star issue No: 6663 dated on Friday 4th August 2017 on page 2 “Varley takes stand” regarding the above subject matter.
First and foremost, I wish to congratulate Mr Matthew Varley for seeing it fit to promote 61 officers at one given time to fill these outstanding positions at all levels in the Police Force that have been left vacant for quiet sometimes without being properly filled and has set a history for the RSIPF considering such huge amount of officers.
He stressed that ethnicity cannot be a factor for promotion but on merit based and transparent selection processes in which candidates have to meet them to be successful. Fair Enough!
As a concern citizen, the current setup of the senior executive is grossly unfair that made up only from a minority ethnic group without the inclusion of these three mother provinces such as, Western, Guadalcanal and Malaita provinces as far as crime is concern.
What about if these mother provinces pull together for any uprising issues in the future, would it be possible for the in experience officer to deal with it?
Solomon Islands have been through it in the past and history should not be repeated again.
As such, Mr Varley continues again to stand by his words that promotion is based on merit and transparent selection processes.
If so, what about the handpicking of the current in experience and junior officer for the AC Crime position, is it amount to transparency?
Did the processes for advertising this senior position is well followed like other positions?
Does it mean that he is capable due to his oversighting role on the recent LGZ double murder investigation at Town Ground that warrant him a merit for promotion?
I understand that there are some senior officers who are capable of driving this organisation forward with their wealth of experiences, qualification and leadership qualities that should be promoted to AC Crime position but to my surprise none was considered.
To be frank, to become a good leader you need to have followers, but in this case not because Mr Varley is starting to lose hope from some of his followers due to lack of trust and confidence in his leadership.
Let me inform you that action speaks louder than words.
Can this position be re-advertised so that such processes is well followed with fairness in the ethnic composition of the senior executive for the betterment of the RSIPF and SI.