PM defends China trip

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says a week-long trip eight of his ministers took to China last week was made with a clean motive. He was responding to statements made by the Leader of the Opposition and members of the public recently.  “I want to assure the nation and the Leader of the Opposition that the…

Wale slams PM’s defence of China trip

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale has slammed the response by the Prime Minister, who attempted to justify the recent trip to Beijing by a delegation of senior government ministers and the bi-partisan task-force. “The reply is a very lame attempt by the prime minister to dodge the many important concerns of public interest relating to the…

Manetoali’s trial starts 

Trial into the alleged fraud case of the MP for Gao/Bugotu, Samuel Manetoali has started on Monday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Manetoali who faces 17 counts of conversion is now standing trial for 18 counts of conversion. He entered his not guilty plea to the 18th charge, before the trial started before Principal Magistrate…

PM: NSS will ensure our citizens are safe

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has highlighted that the priority of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is to ensure our citizens are protected.   The Prime Minister acknowledged that internally, Solomon Islands have multiple security issues.  Therefore, he said the NSS provides a united platform for our Law Enforcement Agencies to address these security issues collectively.   …

Prosecution told to sort out charges

THE PROSECUTION has been asked to sort out the charges against three men accused of participating in the riot during the election of the Prime Minister in Honiara. Simon Stanley Fudi, 20, is facing one count of unlawful assembly and one count of riot. He is jointly charged with Thompson Fia, 32 and Marlon Mouara,…

Tanangada: Hope for a safe SI

A developing country such as ours cannot hope to achieve prosperity without first ensuring stability to build a buoyant and growing economy to create jobs and prosperity for our citizens. Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services Lanelle Tanangada echoed this when she delivered her welcome remarks at the opening of the National Security…

15 gov’t MPs declare stance

WE ARE WITH TAIWAN By IAN M. KAUKUI FIFTEEN government ministers and backbenchers wanted the country to maintain its diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Led by former Prime Minister and Minister for National Planning and Aid Coordination Rick Hou, the 14 MPs made their stance clear in a statement they issued last night. “We believe Taiwan has been…

Suidani on dependency of existing social services

Malaita province cannot continue to depend of existing social services says Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani. He was speaking at the province’s Second Appointed Day celebration on Thursday in Auki. “Being the most populated province in Solomon Islands Malaita cannot continue to depend on the existing social services,” he said. Premier Suidani said the infrastructure and…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Man to pleaNew trial set for gold dealerTalu still without lawyer Man to plea THE man accused of obtaining $10,000 from Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students under false pretences will take his plea on August 22. Junior Wane will be entering his pleas to the five counts of false pretences. Police Prosecution had informed…