How we corrupt public offices

Dear Editor – It is perhaps a repetition of the obvious to say that corruption of office was the rock which will destroy the ship of the nation Solomon Islands. I think corruption of office in the Solomon Islands goes back to the colonial era when the messenger collected bribe from the illiterate people before…

Extra $6.4M needed for flood relief

THE National Disaster Management Office is seeking an extra $6.4 million from the national government to continue with its relief efforts outside of Honiara and other provinces. This was after the initial $6 million the government had allocated for relief efforts in Honiara had been used up. The need for additional funds had put more…

Group wants PM removed Lilo rubbishes call

THE Joint Civil Society Groups & Concerned Citizens (JCSG & CC) “strongly” calls on parliament to immediately table “and duly pass” a motion-of-no-confidence on the Prime Minister. Interim chairman Barnabas Henson said there is lack of honesty, transparency, and accountability to the people of Solomon Islands by the Prime Minister. Mr Henson said that has…

Landowners condemn use of resources

A GROUP of East Kwara’ae landowners in Malaita Province has condemned responsible authorities funding and maintaining the East Malaita road for what they claimed as “free extraction of gravel from their land”. The 13 Kilometer long East road is currently being repaired and maintained by the Trades Transformation Construction Company. However, throughout their maintenance work,…

Voters keep kits, demand refund

REPORTS have surfaced of a group of Lau Baelelea voters holding onto seven registration kits and generators, following non payments of registration officer’s usage of their (voters) resources and services during the 40-day registration period which lapsed early this month. According to reports received, those holding onto the kits and generators demanded that the Electoral…

Prayer group donates water tanks to Fa’arau community

INTERNATIONAL Prayer group IHPKC (International House of Prayer Kansas City) this week donated water tanks to Fa’arau community, Central Kwara’ae. A total of four Rotomould-made tanks along with PVC pipes were given to the community with the intension of supplying them with clean and fresh drinking water. Speaking to Solomon Star, IHPKC Pastor Rick Rupp…

Bishops elect new leaders

PORT Moresby – Catholic bishops in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands elected new office bearers at a meeting last week. Bishop Arnold Orowae of Wabag, was elected president of the Catholic Bishop Conference of PNG and Solomons. His deputy is Archbishop Steve Reichert of Madang. They elected officials of different commissions of the conference.…

Youths learn how to respond to stress

YOUTHS and elders of Wind Valley, Kakabona, and White River, in west Honiara, are told to think wisely when they are in stressful situation. Deputy director of peace and reconciliation within the Ministry of Peace & Reconciliation, Chris Tabea, highlighted this during a week-long training of Mind shifting and Transformation at the Catholic Church, Kakabona,…

MASI thanks Press Freedom Day supporters

THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has thanked its sponsors, supporters and stakeholders for helping to make Honiara’s celebration of World Press Freedom Day a big success. Solomon Islands celebrated the World Press Freedom Day on Saturday, May 10 with a ‘Clean-a-thon’ through the Honiara city, a public information stall and end it with…