Veke dismisses claims

GUADALCANAL premier Anthony Veke says the provincial government has nothing to do with last Sunday’s burning of homes in the Windy Ridge area, central Guadalcanal. At least five homes were set alight during the incident, leaving women and children homeless. Mr Veke said his government does not have anything to do with the incident, and…

Malaita tribe supports call

KWANA’AI Tribe Board of Trustees (KBT) from north Malaita has thrown its support behind the call from the Guadalcanal provincial government to address squatter settlement in provincial territories. KBT spokesman Lency Wanefalea said his tribe supported the call. Mr Wanefalea said the concern voiced by the Guadalcanal Provincial Government Premier over the squatter issue on…

Churches told to tackle violence

FAITH and gender specialist, Maclean Dlodlo, is encouraging church leaders to take the lead in promoting equitable relations and gender-based violence reduction. Maclean, a Zimbabwean based in South Africa, will arrive here today ahead of opening of the Channels of Hope for Gender, Church and Partnership Conference at the Mendana hotel on Monday. Maclean was…

Why the delays

Police chief clarifies corruption probes POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast says there many factors that contribute to delays of investigating corruption cases. Mr Prendergast highlighted this during the Bills and Legislative Committee hearing in Parliament yesterday. The Committee was scrutinizing the Anti-Corruption Bill, which aims to combat corruption in Solomon Islands in all its forms by:…

Earning an income

Dear Editor – I was struck by the simple story, published in your last issue of the Sunday Star, of the determination and self-enterprise which has resulted in Winnifred Nanau, originally from Malaita, earning a living and income for her family by selling used clothing from her rented hut in Honiara. Winnifred was reported as…

Human rights and journalism

Dear Editor – A three-day Human Rights and Media Forum, supported by the Australian Government and the European Union, ended in Nadi, Fiji, last Friday. The Forum saw the attendance of editors, senior journalists and government communications officers from 13 Pacific Island countries, including from the Solomon Islands. Reportedly, the Forum reaffirmed the vital role…

Thank you Sir Albert!

Dear Editor – Grateful if you could include my observations in your editorial column. Last Tuesday(20/04/16) was a historic day in the record of this country. I say that because Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer delivered his earth-shattering decision on the brave challenge by Messers Waeta Tabusasi, Ruth Liloqula, Derrick Manu’ari, Fr. Mark Graham, Tony…

ACOM AB elections, a mockery

Dear Editor – Please allow me to share some food for thought and views and opinions about the recent election of the ACOM Archbishop. According to reliable whistle blowers within the ACOM circle it was revealed that what supposed to be a spiritually guided election of our new AB has turned out to involve claims…

Yow still CEO

“Sasako misleads, my passport is here” Colin Yow is still the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). Responding to Alfred Sasako’s front page articles in the two daily newspapers yesterday, Mr Yow said Mr Sasako and “a few bunch of big business boys” has embarked on a media campaign to oust…