KILLED off by a vengeful Papua New Guinea government, the ground-breaking and highly effective corruption busting Task Force Sweep has been consigned to history.
The O’Neill government has refused to provide the unit with funds for six months and it has been operating without a budget.
Chairman Sam Koim, a dedicated servant of the people of PNG, has been working without pay since August.
But now the end has come.
The PNG Cabinet disbanded Task Force Sweep in June after an arrest warrant was served on prime minister Peter O'Neill for alleged illegal payments to a law firm.
Later the National Court granted a permanent stay against the Cabinet decision, allowing the unit to continue to operate.
But finance secretary Ken Ngangan and justice secretary Lawrence Kalinoe circumvented the court’s decision by removing Mr Koim’s financial powers.
The unit’s closure is both a calamity for public honesty in PNG and a warning to people of integrity and courage that they will be extinguished if they seek to prosecute anti-corruption activities that venture too close to the upper levels of government.
Peter O’Neill’s decision to axe the Task Force is a despicable act and will be recorded as a moment of infamy whenever the story of his time in office is told.