Council stands by decision - Solomon Star News

Council stands by decision

03 March 2020
City Mayor Wilson Mamae (L) and City Clerk Rence Sore (R).

CITY Mayor Wilson Mamae and City Clerk Rence Sore have maintained the council’s stand on One Link Pacifica’s License issue and legality through its Business License Ordinance.

Following Henry Star Dorah’s article in the papers, they have reiterated that HCC cannot issue OLP a business license unless OLP obtain a Banking License from CBSI as their operation relates to the banking business.

“If Star Dorah claims that ‘CBSI has no connections with OLP and will never charge them from not obtaining a banking license as OLP is not a commercial bank or financial institution”, then what is the nature of its operations and which business category does OLP fall into?” Sore asked.

“Similarly it would make it difficult for HCC to classify OLP business activities and which business license it requires,” he added

“This is quite different from Casino Licence as Casino is a gambling business and its licence is approved by the gaming and lottery board.”

By not giving a business licence to OLP, it does not mean HCC disallows its operations as it has been operating illegally, however they stated that let it continue until such a time it reaches its natural death.

The Mayor and Clerk stated that what Henry Star Dorah has mentioned in regards to the benefits people receive from OLP, is not HCC’s concern but the licensing issue is the focus here.

They further stated that the comments made in the media is childish and out of context from the real issue, but merely trying to get support from investors and clients.

Sore said their actions are based on the interest of protecting the integrity of the Business licence ordinance.

Mayor Mamae and Sore further stated that they now put this issue to rest and allow common sense to prevail.