Where is the fairness? Where is the consistency at the Ministry of Police?

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Dear Editor,

I applaud the Prime Minister who is the Minister of Police for his decision to make redundant the couples and siblings working within the Ministry of Police. 

The decision came into effect on 31st December 2017 where either of the couple or siblings has to leave the service.

My brother has been one of them and has landed a job in a non-government organization although he was very passionate about police work. 

However, where is the consistency and fairness of this decision? I ask this because the husband of the Acting Assistant Commissioner Monalisa Keti is still being employed by the Ministry? 

He is deployed on peacekeeping mission in Darfur Sudan and this decision has not affected him in any way because I’m sure he is still receiving his salary here in Samoa along with privileges of being on mission. 

Peacekeeping mission under the United Nations is an opportunity made available only for employees of the Samoa Police Service.

So why is he still in Darfur? Why hasn’t either he or his wife left the Ministry?   

Did the Acting Assistant Commissioner know well in advance about the decision made against couples in the Ministry?

 

As the Head of the Training Unit, isn’t it a coincident that her husband got the nod to go ahead on mission, potentially avoiding all this? Couldn’t another officer perhaps have been sent?

Police officers who have served for more than 20years have been made redundant, sadly as it is but they had no choice, why is there an oversight by the Police Commissioner on his Acting Assistant who is just beneath his nose? 

O fea ea o iai le amiotonu o nei faaiuga, o ai e sii ao ai e toso?

Or is it because these people have connections higher up?

Aisea ua le laugatasia ai nei fa’aiuga i leoleo uma ae ua faapito manu ia Tasi? 

 

Lualua Simone

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