PM: BRING IT ON

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare challenges the Premiers of Malaita and Guadalcanal Provinces to bring their case to challenge the legality of the popular Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the Court. He made this call on the floor of the parliament when he expressed his concerns over the way the media and Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI)…

Wale on extension of Parliament life

OUTSPOKEN Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament (MP) for Aoke Langalanga Mathew Wale says it is important that on a matter concerning the life of parliament itself there must be a clear and direct mandate from the people. He made these sentiments in his response to Speech from the Throne in Parliament, Wednesday.…

Suidani to MID minister: tell the truth

MALAITA Provincial Premier, Daniel Suidani has urged the Minister for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID), Manasseh Maelanga not to mislead the parliament regarding the incomplete road development at the national Parliament.  The MID Minister who is also the Deputy Prime Minister told Parliament this week that MID has awarded the road development project…

Extra $26.5M from Japan

‘More funds for airport project’   THE Government of Japan is providing further grant assistance of three hundred and sixty-five million Japanese yen (approx. SBD$26.5 million) for the Honiara International airport project. To formally facilitate the funding assistance, a signing ceremony was held on Wednesday in Honiara. Speaking at the official Exchange of Note, Japanese Ambassador…

RSIPF investigates missing 300k in Honiara

Criminal investigators of Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Central Police Station are investigating an alleged robbery done by three local men to a foreign national at China town opposite the Mataniko baby clinic on 18 April 2021. Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Honiara City Superintendent John Matamaru says, “Report states that the complainant parked his vehicle…

HUNT IS ON

Leaked document irks OPMC ‘Secret Document’ reveals Cabinet decision PM downplays Cabinet paper GOVERNMENT Insiders say a hunt for the officer who allegedly leaked the secret information on the Cabinet decisions to extend the life of the Parliament is underway within the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC). A Cabinet paper which supposed…

Concern over Lomlom airport terminal complex

Lomlom Airport is the gateway to the Reef Islands which is serviced by the Solomon airlines weekly schedule every Wednesday.  Given the unreliable shipping service to the Reef Islands, the airport serves as a major hub for air transport and economic activities for villages that sell their market produce every Wednesday. However, there is a…

Cultural practices in MUP to be revived

The Premier of Makira Ulawa Province, Julian Maka’a says his Government of Unity, Reform, and Advancement (GURA) recognizes the need to ensure cultural practices and heritage of the people of Makira Ulawa Province are revived. He said his government wants to ensure this because most people are off-springs of past strong cultural upbringing, adding it…

Armed men stormed Mamara, chase Chinese workers 

POLICE at Henderson Police Station are investigating an incident involving a group of armed men who entered the Metropolis Development site at Mamara in North West Guadalcanal and damages some properties on Friday, 16 April 2021. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Guadalcanal Province Chief Superintendent Alfred Uiga said, the group of men entered the Mamara site…

Alleged con-man’s WOA withdrawn

THE warrant of arrest (WOA) issued for the man accused of obtaining a laptop and mobile phone under false pretenses in 2019 from a local phone shop in Honiara had been withdrawn, Monday. This was after Martin Pola Nehemiah, 40, told the court that he did not attend last’s week court appearance because he was…