Malaita Premier, Daniel Suidani and Malaita’s new Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Leslie Kili last week entered a positive dialogue.
In the dialogue, PPC Kili asked the Malaita Premier to talk to MARA government supporters to stay calm and allow police to carry out its duty in Auki without interference from MARA supporters.
During the dialogue, Premier Suidani asked police to respect the wishes of the people in their request for the Patrol Boat to leave Auki town as it is causing fear to the ordinary citizens.
This paper was informed that while Premier Suidani has done his part by convincing MARA supporters to leave Auki town as requested by police, police are yet to act accordingly to the request of MARA supporters.
Information reaching this paper claimed community policing volunteers who supported Auki police during the festive session operation since then have returned to their communities.
Over the weekend, three police vehicles arrived from Honiara to support Auki police with logistics.
While the Premier welcomed the arrival of the three new police vehicles to support Auki police with logistic, he also raised question if police have honored its dialogue with him by putting an end to the continues police deployment to Auki which many Malaitans see it as politically motivated to destroy the MARA government and its supporters.
The Premier is of the view that Auki is a peaceful town that does not require huge police deployment and presence to support the stereotype that rated Auki town being filled with lawlessness.
He said Auki Police and community policing volunteers have done a tremendous job in Auki which resulted in a record low arrest in Malaita with only 11 suspects being arrested during the festive season operation in Malaita Province.
“The data have indicated that there is no lawlessness in Auki and Malaita.
“Police should focus its resources in provinces and urban centers that recorded a huge number of arrests during the festive session,” he said.
With that, the Premier said a huge number of arrests is next to lawlessness where he said police should use that as an indication to where it should focus its resources.
By WILSON SAENI
Auki News Bureau