Guadalcanal premier confirms executive line-up

THE NEW Premier of Guadalcanal Province Batholomew Vavanga has confirmed his new executive line up. Mr Vavanga in compliance with section 22 (4) of the Provincial Government Act 1997 sent his advice yesterday afternoon to the Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening to appoint his Deputy Premier and 10 Provincial Ministers. Acting Provincial Secretary…

MMF challenges Sore, Tagini on royalty scandal

MALAITA Ma’asina Forum (MMF) is urging DCC’s newly appointed Rence Sore and Dr Philip Tagini to reveal beneficiaries of the Gold Ridge $18 million royalty fraud of. MMF’s general secretary Charles Ashley said both men served under the previous government and were at the centre of the issue. “Mr Sore served at the Ministry of…

ICAC is a waste of money and time: MMF

Establishing an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is a waste of time and resources, says Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) President. Charles Dausabea said forming ICAC would be an overlap to existing organizations and institutions responsible for dealing with corruption issues. “Why establish a new body that will use up more money and resources which should…

TSI applauds plans to establish ICAC

Transparency Solomon Islands welcomes the Democratic Coalition for Change’s (DCC) plan to establish the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Solomon Islands. “Corruption is widespread in this country. It eats deep within but is prevented from reaching the surface by evil networks within the public sector,” TSI executive office Daniel Fenua said. He described the…

OAG releases details of 2012/3 audits

The Acting Auditor General, Robert Cohen, has publicly released the Office of Auditor General Annual Report 2014 on its operations in both 2012 and 2013 which was presented to the new Speaker of the 10th Parliament on 18 December 2014 for distribution to Members. The Acting Auditor General said that the report discloses the details…

Ausaid cut affects local budgets

RURAL Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) has seen a drop of AusAID funding on its budget from $13 million to $6 million this year. The huge drop could be attributed to Australian government’s move to slash its foreign aid to the Pacific this year by further 3 billion US dollars in addition to a…

WASH prepares to roll out projects

THE Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is embarking on implementing about 40 plus outstanding projects from 2013-2014 this year. WASH could not implement these projects last year due to the $10 million scandal that rocked the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and delay of materials, which arrived in the remaining half of…

Malaita premier election set for Friday

MALAITA province will hold the election of a premier this Friday, an insider said. A member within the newly elected Malaita Provincial Assembly (MPAs) said clerk to the assembly has confirmed election of a speaker was scheduled for tomorrow after which nomination for the premier’s post will open.  “A speaker must first be elected so…