Sogavare rules with ‘iron fist’, says Hou

MOST Caucus members who voted in support of the China switch did so because they were threatened by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. That’s according to Rick Hou, who Sogavare sacked yesterday to refusing to support the diplomatic switch. “The switch vote was made under threats from Sogavare and his advocators inside the Caucus,” Hou claimed.…

Nieng clarifies reports on NHA

CHRISTIAN Nieng has confirmed the National Hosting Authority (NHA) is yet to have an Executive Director. He was responding to some claims that he was appointed few weeks ago as the Executive Director without going through the proper recruitment process. It’s understood that out of the four applicants interviewed, no appointment has yet been made.…

UAE keen to support SI

MINISTER for Health and Medical Services Dickson Mua has met with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for State & International Cooperation Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi at the margins of UNGA, Wednesday. Both ministers during the bilateral meeting acknowledged the friendly relations and recent active engagements through visa waiver arrangements and World Expo 2020…

USP top officials meet PM

TOP officials from the University of the South Pacific (USP) on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to Prime Manasseh Sogavare. The USP delegation included the Vice- Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia and Pro- Chancellor Winston Thompson and the USP Solomon Islands Campus director. Its the first time for Vice- Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia to meet Mr Sogavare…

New ministers sworn in

HOURS after sacking two of his senior ministers, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare wasted no time to bring in their replacements. Fataleka MP Rex Ramofafia is now the new Minister for National Planning and Development Coordination. He replaces Rick Hou, a former prime minister and MP for Small Malaita, who got his marching orders yesterday morning.…

Manele engages in India-Pacific dialogue

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs & External Trade Jeremiah Manele on Wednesday has addressed the India Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in New York. The India Pacific Islands Leaders Dialogue was attended by Prime Ministers and Ministers of different pacific island countries and organised by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking during the occasion Minister Manele…

DCGA condemns bribery attempt

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) says it condemned any bribery-attempt by national leaders. Front-page articles published in the local print media reported claims by Premier of Malaita Daniel Suidani that a Minister and a Backbencher had tried to offer him SBD$1 million to support the China switch. Speaking on behalf of the DCGA…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Taremae trial moves to today Ngedea back in court Alleged robbers’ bail ruling today  Suspects to enter plea Taremae trial moves to today PROSECUTION are still waiting for their witness to arrive in Honiara from Makira to testify in the trial of the former MP for Central Makira who faces conversion charges. The witness whom is…

Suidani refuses to give statement to police

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has refused to provide a statement to police on the attempted bribery claim he made this week. Suidana has claimed certain national government MPs called him by phone and offered $1 million in bribe if he can support the Government’s China switch. However, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said Suidani declined to…