Lands PS defends ministry

PERMANENT secretary of the Ministry of Lands Stanley Waleanisia has defended his ministry against public perception that it is one of the most “corrupt” government ministries. Speaking during an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star, Mr Waleanisia said like any other ministry, there are policies and procedures that act as a compass for officers to…

Alleged arsonist under warrant

POLICE will be searching for an alleged arsonist who failed to turn up on Monday in court for the setting of his trial date. This followed a warrant of arrest that has been issued for the accused John Makasi on Monday in the Honiara Magistrate Court. He was supposed to turn up so that a…

Court clears son of charges

CHARLES against a man accused of obstructing Government officers on duty at one of the flood evacuation centres in Honiara have been cleared. This is due to insufficient evidence against the accused Eddie Agooka. Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo freed Eddie of the six counts of refusing to cooperate with government officers during the state of…

Cruel mother placed on good behaviour bond

A MOTHER who mistreated her five year-old daughter on various occasions this year has been placed on a good behaviour bond. Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika imposed a 12-month bound over in the sum of $300 for the mother of four, Anna Matakale on Tuesday. Magistrate Seuika warned the 34-year-old mother that if she commits any…

Murder PI starts in court

TWO witnesses have testified in court during a committal hearing on Monday in relation to a murder case at Kolobangara last year. The long form preliminary inquiry (PI) was conducted before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika. He will deliver his ruling tomorrow. If there is sufficient evidence, the two accused Reuben Kobolo and Tana Kabolo will…

Judge to rule on no-case submission

HIGH Court judge Francis Mwanesalua will today deliver his ruling on the no case to answer submission in relation to the murder case at Lungga River, East Honiara. Lawyer representing the accused Aaron Konle has submitted a no case to answer submission at the close of the prosecution case. Konle faces one count of murder…

U.S Secretary of State arrives today

UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives today on his first visit to Solomon Islands. He’ll spent a couple of hours in Honiara before flying over to Hawai’, where he’ll end his Asia-Pacific trip that includes Burma, Australia, and Solomon Islands. In Honiara, he will attend wreath-laying ceremonies at the Guadalcanal American Memorial and…

PM meets Archbishop of Canterbury

VISITING Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Reverend Justin Welby on Monday made a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo. During the brief meeting, the Mr Lilo welcomed Archbishop Welby and also expressed his deepest appreciation to have him in the country. Mr Lilo said the Archbishop’s visit was timely as the country has…

Malaita premier praises NCRA

MALAITA premier Edwin Suibaea has applauded the NCRA Government for living up to its promise in delivering the $2.9 million cheque towards the rehabilitation of Kilu’ufi Hospital over the weekend. The cheque was handed over to Kilu’ufi Hospital on Saturday by the deputy prime minister Manasseh Maelanga. MrSuibaea thanked NCRA on behalf of his government…

NDMO hails flood victims who wanted to move on

THE National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) applauds those who have taken the initiative to help themselves recover from April’s flooding disaster. On Thursday 7 August, 96 more people from 17 families approached the NDMO and asked to be repatriated to their chosen place.  “The NDMO applauds those many flood-affected people who are choosing to use…