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The Internal Affairs Directorate of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary has come under the scrutiny of Police Minister Bryan Kramer.
A vocal anti corruption fighter before he became a politician, Kramer has questioned an alleged spending of more than K118,000 on a billboard and signboard at the Internal Affairs Directorate rented office at Koki, Port Moresby.
“There were two payments. K87,000 for an electronic billboard on the premises that is turned off at the moment, and K37,000 for a sign board which I suspect is the small one in front of the property,” Kramer said in a statement today.
The Minister said that besides the obvious reason of the sign board being the identification to the directorate’s office, he questioned why so much had to be spend on them that helps policing.
The directorate’s head, Chief Superintendent Robert Ali, and Kramer, were initially at a difference last week when the Kramer said in the last session of Parliament that the Internal Affairs rental was K3million a year.
Ali responded to that releasing a media statement that the correct figure was K705,000 a year.
Kramer has again on Sunday in a media statement confirmed that the K3 million per annum was incorrect, however he argued that K705,000 a year was still the highest rental in the constabulary, and that in his efforts to verify the figure, he had had come up with more issues of concern which included the costs of the sign board and billboard.
He said the RPNGC Finance Audit section made the following observation about the sign board and billboard after reviewing the directorate’s expenditure over the past three years:
“In excess of K118,000 was spent on billboards,” Kramer said.
“What were the original specifications for the billboards?”