By REG RENAGI
The military I joined before independence was a professional outfit .
After 1975, general discipline in the PNG Defence Force was very tough.
servicemen knew the military regulations and what the overall
consequences for serious breaches of service discipline - such as being
involved in a military mutiny was.
News has just reached the streets that by this afternoon we will soon
know of some rogue soldier's demand for a pardon, as a result of last
It seems certain now that the authorities will most
likely give the soldiers who breached serious regulations of the PNGDF
what they are demanding for.
If the soldiers involved in last
weeks' mutuny are going to be pardened by this afternoon, then both the
government and the defence hierachy will have then all compromised
This unprecedented decision alone will also greatly
undermined the PNGDF command position and its future efforts to
strengthen general discipline within all defence communities.
The bottom-line is: it is now open-slatter for anyone in the PNGDF (and
the Royal PNG Constabulary) to be rebelious, disobey superior orders and take the law
into their own hands...knowing they will always be pardoned by their own
A dangerous precedent has now been set by the powers-that-be!
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