Its author, Christian Kalo, suggested that I applied a lot of pressure in defence of the Canada Mavigava Corporation Inc after Prime Minister Sikua “rejected” the group’s request to make a presentation to Cabinet and Caucus on funding assistance it has access to.
That’s a total lie. I have never defended the Canadian group.
What I did do was to debrief the Prime Minister and his two senior advisers as well as on separate occasions, the Deputy Prime Minister of the funding potential that Solomon Islands could access.
There’s a billion Euro in grants that we could have accessed.
Contrary to Mr Kalo’s assertion, Dr Sikua was in fact in his wisdom accepted the letter from the group which was hand-delivered at the briefing.
The letter provided an outline of what the Group does and the process involved. Here’s an excerpt from the letter of 13th March 2010 and I quote:
“This proposal is quite complex and our preferred procedure is to have a Government, after having had an explanation of the process, issue an official letter inviting us to meet with them, explain everything in as much detail as is required and commit to going ahead SUBJECT TO ACCEPTABLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS,” end quote.
The Prime Minister on the other hand was of the view that before any presentation could be made that a due diligence was in order.
Subsequently, he had instructed his special secretary John Keniapisia to convey the Prime Minister’s wishes to the Central Bank of Solomon Islands on the matter.
To suggest that the Prime Minister rejected the proposal could not be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that CBSI did undertake the due diligence, which subsequently cleared the Group to come to Honiara to make the presentation.
Dr Sikua felt it prudent that this potential funding opportunity should be left to a new administration after the election.
Secondly, attached to the letter to the Prime Minister, the President of the Group, Neil T Broadbent, had also provided the Government with a lot of supporting documentation, including police clearance and his Passport Number etc.
When I was informed that the letter was referred to the CBSI, I emailed these supporting documents [in pdf files] to the Governor’s Office to help him and his staff in their investigation.
Unlike Mr Kalo, I don’t have any difficulties with this approach.
Incidentally, these supporting documents were hand delivered to the Prime Minister at the briefing which I provided in the Prime Minister’s outer Office. They were also sent to Mr Keniapisia by email.
The purpose of the proposed presentation was and still is to provide government, CBSI and Ministry of Finance advisors, an opportunity to ask questions about the Group, its activities and so on.
In a nutshell, the presentation would have answered all the questions Mr Kalo had raised in his letter which is not worth the paper it’s written on.
So Mr Kalo what is your problem? In fact, I don’t see your intervention as having any relevance at all because you have obviously been misled by your informers to spread lies.
Nav liar now. If your intention is merely to discredit me, you’ve obviously failed because there’s not a grain of truth in what you said.
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