Dual Citizenship Bill awaits further debate

The ‘Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2018’ was read the second time in parliament and awaits further deliberation by the members of parliament in the next sitting day. Prime Minister Rick Hou said that this bill allows for ‘Dual Citizenship’ to be adopted in the country. Mr Hou assured the parliament, it is the flagship…

Dausabea: Prosecute Shipping Grant heirs

CHIEF Executive Officer (CEO) of Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Trade Solomon Islands (ICCTSI), Charles Dausabea has reiterated the call for police to arrest and prosecute all recipients of the shipping grant. He made the call on Monday, since parliament is approaching its natural death on 17th December. Dausabea said politicians are the ones behind…

Gov’t warned of foreign advices

These so called rationalisations under structural adjustment programs pushed by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IFM) have not had the effect that was promised. Member of Parliament (MP) for Aoke/Langalanga and Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Mathew Wale made this profound argument during the debate on the Development…

Father faces incest charges over daughter

A 36-YEAR-OLD father is facing two charges of allegedly committing incest with his 17-year-old daughter at Hirolegu Village, West Hograno, Isabel Province. The offence was committed on 23 April 2018. “Since committing the offence, the alleged offender has been avoiding police from Buala until he was arrested in his house at Hirolegu Village at 10…

GUILTY OF CORRUPTION

THE former Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services Edmond Sikua has been found guilty of three counts of official corruption involving more than $250,000. Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi yesterday having found Sikua guilty of the three counts of official corruption had him convicted of those charges. She however…

PM welcomes Australia’s new regional initiative

PRIME Minister Rick Hou has welcomed the recent announcement from his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for Australia to establish a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure facility for projects in the region. This followed the new policy initiative for the Pacific Region announced by the Australian Prime Minister, Friday. Australian Prime Minister Morrison announced that the Australian Government will…

DBSI Bill before Committee stage

THE Development Bank of Solomon Islands Bill 2018 is currently before the Committee of the whole House after it was debated on the floor of the parliament, Friday. This Act will establish the Development Bank of Solomon Islands, to repeal the Development Bank of Solomon Islands Act (Cap.50) and for related purposes. The Act commences…

Australia supports study to tackle gender norms

Women face serious risks in pursuing income because of restrictive gender norms, according to a report released today by Oxfam and the Australian Government initiative Strongim Bisnis. The ‘Community perceptions of gender norms and economic opportunity in Solomon Islands’ report, funded by Oxfam and the Australian Government,identified several major barriers for women such as unpaid…

PM pays final tribute to West Kwaio MP

PRIME Minister Rick Hou has paid tribute to the Member of Parliament for West Kwaio Constituency Hon Peter Tom describing him as a man of great humility. Speaking during the funeral service at the SSEC Central Church yesterday Prime Minister Hou described the late Hon Tom as a dear friend, a dedicated family member, man…