How the numbers stand

As the 50 Members of Parliament prepare to vote for a new prime minister on Tuesday, here’s how the numbers stand as of last night: Democratic Coalition for Change (Honiara Hotel camp) 1.     William Marau (Ulawa-Ugi)2.     Freda Comua (TemotuVatud)3.     Manasseh Sogavare (East Choiseul)4.     John Moffat Fugui (Central Honiara)5.     Danny Philip (South New Georgia, Rendova/Tetepare)6.     Mathew…

New, but capable

Manele’s nomination gets everyone talking No MP has ever secured the trust and confidence of his colleagues to contest the prime minister’s job on his first foray into parliament. That is until Friday when Jeremiah Manele, a first-term parliamentarian, was nominated by the Solomon Islands People’s Democratic Coalition to be its candidate in Tuesday’s vote.…

Market murder trial moved to New Year

TRIAL into the murder of a young diplomat in Honiara in 2012 has been adjourned to next year. The evidence of the prosecution’s final civilian witness that was held in a closed court because of safety fears, concluded on Thursday. The defence, however re-called this witness to cross-examine her on a specific matter that was…

FSII praises Solomon Water for successes

FORUM Solomon Islands International (FSII) has applauded Solomon Water for its recent achievements. Solomon Water’s achievement was a result of funding assistance it received from Japan, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Australia. FSII chief executive officer, Benjamin Afuga said Solomon Water and JICA must be congratulated for the life-saving project which greatly alleviated…

Group rejects Waena claim

THE newly established Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) based at the Honiara Hotel has refuted claims Sir Nathaniel Waena made against them. Sir Nathaniel, president of People’s Alliance Party (PAP), has claimed his members have been bribed to remain at Honiara Hotel. But the group said Sir Nathaniel’s claims were unfounded and a propaganda to…

Sogavare camp signs coalition agreement

THE Honiara Hotel camp signed their coalition agreement yesterday ahead of next Tuesday’s election of a new prime minister. The camp consisted of only two parties – the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Kadere Party. This comes after People Alliance Party (PAP) members resigned, leaving only party wing leader Milner Tozaka at the helm of…

MPs urged to be serious about gov’t

PREMIER of Makira-Ulawa Province Thomas Weape says the newly elected 50 Members of Parliament must be serious about forming a new government. His call came in light of the intense lobbying to form the new government. He said the new government should be serious and should not associate with the elements of the last government.…

Health on alert against Ebola

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is taking action to prepare for an imported case of Ebola virus disease. This has long-term benefits for the health system and frontline healthcare workers in Solomon Islands. “Although the risk of Ebola spreading to Solomon Islands is…

Two-man race

Sogavare, Manele vie for PM job TWO candidates will vie for the prime minister’s post next Tuesday. They are member for East Choiseul, Manasseh Sogavare and Jeremiah Manele of Hongrano/Kia/Havulei in Isabel province. Rawcliff Ziza, Deputy Private Secretary Government House confirmed this at the close of nomination at 4.30pm, yesterday. Mr Sogavare, two-time former prime…

GPPOL 2 host successful rugby festival

Last Saturday 29th November, Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) Tetere Community successfully staged a rugby festival for students and children in that community and students from Ngalimbiu Community High School, Marara Community High School and Selwyn College from the far north west of Guadalcanal. The tournament was part of the Pacific in Union rugby…