THE FIRST JAB

PM says ‘I feel normal’ after getting first jab   PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he feels normal after getting his first jab with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after launching the historic vaccination roll-out in the country. Speaking to local journos after taking the first shot at the Field Hospital Multi-Purpose Hall in Honiara yesterday,…

MAMAE FACES MOTION

A MOTION of No-Confidence is being filed against the Honiara City Council (HCC) Lord Mayor, Wilson Mamae, it was revealed. Former HCC Finance Chairman and Councillor for Vavaya Ward, Billy Abae made the submission on Monday 1st March 2021. The motion is expected to be moved in the first quarter full council meeting, next week.…

South Choiseul by-election 

Voters from South Choiseul Constituency will now go to the poll to elect their Member of Parliament on 19th May, 2021.   This was confirmed by signing of the Election date instrument by His Excellency, the Governor-General, Sir. David Vunagi, which was later published in the gazette yesterday. Chief Electoral Officer, Mrs. Jane Waetara said that…

Caucus hails Djokovic’s proactive role

The Government Caucus acknowledges and fully appreciates the important role of the Chief of Staff (CoS) and head of the Policy Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) Robson Djokovic at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This was in response to the insinuation made by this paper on  Saturday. A statement issued by the…

Premier Sade hopeful 

Guadalcanal Provincial Premier Francis Sade is confident to defeat the proposed motion of confidence to be tabled against him, Thursday. A statement issued by the Guadalcanal Provincial Government late on Tuesday said Premier Sade remains rock solid with his Executive ahead of Thursday’s Motion of No Confidence.  He firmly stated he’s ready to defend his position…

WORRY OVER WITHDRAWAL

PAC expresses ‘worry’ as AusAid withdraws from NTF soon   THE Australian High Commission Head of Mission Sally-Anne Vincent has announced the imminent withdrawal of their financial support to the National Transport Fund (NTF). The announcement was made when the Australian High Commission team appeared before the Public Accounts Commission (PAC) on the 2021 Appropriation…

‘DEAD MONEY’

Govt faces budget shortfall of $300million   CENTRAL Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) Governor Dr. Luke Forau says this year’s budget is expected to hit a deficit of around $300million. He told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) during the inquiry into the 2021 Appropriation Bill 2021 yesterday. He added that with the current revenue flow…

‘Out of Constituency Voting’ trial deferred 

Voting outside your constituency is one of the goals that the Electoral Commission is determined to achieve.  However, this may not be possible said, the Chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Patteson Oti in a statement, Monday. He said, based on the successful implementation of the pre-poll legal provision in the 2019 national general…