Kuku’s misguided statement clarified

MINISTER of Finance and Treasury, Harry Kuma, corrected the misguided statement made by the Leader of the Independent Group, John Dean Kuku, on the Customs and Excise Validation (Amendment) Bill 2021, when contributing on the Motion of Sine Die. The Minister confirmed that as part of Government’s reforms, Customs and Excise Validation (Amendment) Bill 2021…

Court: Dettke not entitled to compo

THE High Court has ruled that the Member of Parliament (MP) for Northwest Guadalcanal Bodo Dettke is not entitled to compensation sought after he was acquitted of his traffic case in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court. Justice Maelyn Bird, also found that the complaint regarding the traffic offence was also not frivolous and vexatious as claimed…

High Court, COA goes on vacation

THE High Court and Court of Appeal will be going on its 2021 Christmas vacation starting next week. A circular memorandum from the High Court registrar has been sent via email to all legal practitioners plus notices of the court vacation was pinned at the High Court entrances. According to the circular the Christmas vacation…

CURFEW LIFTED

In an extra- ordinary gazette, Legal Notice 359 the Governor General of Solomon Islands has repealed the principal regulations that give effect to the curfew that was imposed in Honiara. In repealing the principal regulations, the curfew imposed in Honiara is now lifted effective on this day being Friday 10th December 2021. In a short…

BEIJING CONDEMNS, VOWS TO HELP

AS the sun began to set on yet another sad chapter of Solomon Islands’ history, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the nation’s newest diplomatic ally, has vowed to “offer assistance to the best of its capacity” in helping Solomon Islands rebuild. Three days of rioting, looting and destruction of properties in Honiara had punched…

THE RARE EARTH METALS

Dr Aipia on value of rare earth metals found in salvage operations in Ontong Java   Opposition Leader, Matthew Wale and one time Prime Minister, Rick Houenipwela, have accused Prime Minister Sogavare of engaging in ‘mythical solutions’ to fix the economy. They made the accusations in the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Prime…

Police welcome community support for surrendering stolen property from riots

Police have today welcomed the community support for the continued voluntary surrender of stolen property from the Honiara riots. This follows significant amounts of stolen property surrendered or seized under warrant in greater Honiara over the past week. Commissioner Mr Mostyn Mangau described recent police operations as an excellent example of cooperation and trust between…

MMERE develops energy roadmap

The National Government through the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) is currently developing a National Energy Strategy (NES) to map out available renewable energy sources across the country. Permanent Secretary Dr. Chris Vehe announced this during the handing over of the Beulah Provincial Secondary School Micro Hydropower project on Friday 3 December,…

Hou: Divert NDF to PCDF

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for Small Malaita has proposed that the controversial National Development Fund (NDF) be pumped into the Provincial Capacity Development Fund (PCDF) as of next year to help develop the rural communities. Speaking yesterday on the floor of Parliament Rick Hou in his contribution to the Sine Die Motion said; “I proposed…