Report buses, shops for over-pricing

The Honiara City Council has encouraged those who experienced unfair pricing or being overcharged by buses or taxis (public transport) to contact the Law Enforcement Unit for further action. There have been reports that certain shops have hiked their prices very high following last week’s riots, whilst in one case, a bus had increased its…

LET’S TALK ABOUT LAND

Who owns the foreshore? This is a very big and “hot” topic and I’ll attempt in this article to summarise it as much as possible. It’s a vexed question and even the High Court has made different conclusions, that land covered by water, below highwater mark (what we would call “the sea”) is either vested…

Coconut rehab underway in West Kwaio

SINCE Coconut is one of the key export commodity of the country for years, a rehabilitation program for coconut farmers of ward 28 in west Kwaio, Malaita province is effectively underway. A bulking site consist of around 10,000 nuts has already been prepared and will be distributed to farmers when it is ready. Around 3000…

RIOT IMPACT ASSESSMENT NOVEMBER 2021

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has updated its initial assessment on the cost of the damage of the riot on the local economy. The extent of the adverse impact on the economy is extensive and estimated to have reached $534 million, up from the $227 million initially estimated.  There around 63 buildings being…

Mesepitu is new Western premier

Western Provincial Assembly Member for Ward 7 Vonunu Christian Mesepitu has officially been sworn-in as the newly elected Premier of Western Province. The announcement was made publicly in Gizo from top the balcony of the XL Building at mid-afternoon yesterday in front of a crowd of people who have been waiting patiently for the news.…

Govt: Wale must admit mistake

The National Government has called on the Leader of Opposition to man up and admit his wrong judgement in playing along with the people who masterminded the senseless looting and rioting that happened in Honiara. In a statement, the National Government stated that it is common knowledge that prior to the looting and rioting Matthew…

Opposition: Why Sogavare must go

The Opposition has made an urgent call that Manasseh Sogavare should no longer be Prime Minister (PM). In their recent statement, the Opposition press explained that Sogavare’s actions pre 2019 General elections and during his tenure as PM clearly shows a person who has no integrity, honour, and respect for the rule of law and…

Simmering differences are out

DEEP-SEATED differences between Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau and his Deputy Juanita Matanga have come to a head when the Commissioner’s weekly news conference was cancelled at the last minute, Thursday. There was no explanation for the cancellation. The weekly event is normally held at 11am every Thursday. This was postponed for 3pm on Thursday. But…