Girl killed on hill top, court told

A GIRL whose skeletal remains were found by students on a picnic trip in the upper Mataniko area in 2012 was killed on the Tuvaruhu hill top, the High Court heard on Wednesday. Flora Akwai’s boyfriend allegedly stabbed her with a knife, knocked her head with a stone, before rolling the body down the hill.…

Gov’t urged to respect PS posts

THE leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group, Manasseh Maelanga, has called on the government to give due respect to post holders established under the national constitution. Mr Maelanga made the call in light of the recent appointments of political appointees by the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government. He said the appointments of the political…

PM: We’ll reveal the names when they are formalised

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has described the Opposition Leader’s statement calling on him to justify an unconfirmed list of political appointees of his Democratic Coalition for Change Government as “unethical”. Mr Sogavare said he is stunned that the former diplomat and permanent secretary had seen it proper to render his criticism against the government on…

Police told to probe mine harassment claims

POLICE are urged to immediately dispatch a team to Rennell Island to investigate allegation of harassment perpetuated by Bingtang Mining Group, whose prospecting licence was recently revoked by the Mining Board and the Minister responsible for Mines. A villager Malcolm Sau at the mining site at Lavaku Bay has described the situation as tense; as…

Renbell by-election expected next month

THE by-election for ward 2, Rennell Bellona Province is scheduled for next month. Premier Collin Suatai Singamoa said the schedule was set after confirmation of budget for the election. Mr Singamoa said preparation for the by-election has been made but the delay was due to political issues faced by the assembly. He refused to comment…

HCC to inform stakeholders of plans

THE Honiara City Council (HCC) will meet with various stakeholders next week purposely to outline operational programs and plans for the city. HCC mayor Alfrence Fatai said it will be an important meeting that stakeholders must attend because HCC will need their cooperation and support in implementing the programs and plans. “The operational plans are…

Political appointees must prove their worth: PM

The Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has assured the National Council of Women (NCW) on Wednesday afternoon that political appointees must prove their worth under an annual performance contract when they are recruited if they are to retain their job. The Prime Minister made the assurance during a meeting with the representatives of the National…

Baenalu, Lolom set to receive flights

BAENALU airport on Manoaba Islands in North Malaita and Lomlom in Temotu province are expected to open for flights this year. This came after the civil aviation certified both airports before Christmas last year to receive flights. The Ministry of Communication and Aviation permanent secretary, Francis Lomo confirmed that the delay to open up services…