Police boosts traffic checks

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Kukum Traffic Centre in Honiara are increasing traffic checks on the capital’s roads as part of the operation for the election of a new Prime Minister, next week. Deputy Director, Kukum Traffic Centre, Inspector Brian Surimalefo says: “Two hundred and one vehicles have been…

Online debates monitored

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is monitoring online forums for any unlawful conduct as we are heading towards the election of a Prime Minister. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley made this warning following some security concerns about some posts on social media inciting protests. “RSIPF monitors social media very closely from the intelligence perspective…

RSIPF probe attack in Vella over election

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western Province are investigating the alleged attack on two men on Vella La Vella Island on Wednesday following an argument with their brother. The Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Western Province Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu said they received a report about two brothers allegedly attacked by…

Central market to close, April 24, 25

The Honiara Central Market will be closed on April 24 and April 25, during the election of a new Prime Minister. Police Chief Matthew Varley made the reminder on Thursday at his weekly conference at the Rove Police headquarters. He said this is a measure taken to reduce the large movement of people into the…

Agovaka’s ruling deferred, April 26

THE anticipated ruling in the case of re-elected Central Guadalcanal MP Peter Shanel Agovaka on Thursday has been further deferred to April 26. This was because Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi had just received the Court of Appeal ruling which dismissed Agovaka’s appeal. She needs time to go through the ruling before handing down her judgment.…

Wale to take on Sogavare for PM’s position

TWO FOR TOP JOB By ANDREW FANASIA  MATHEW Wale will take on Manasseh Sogavare for the prime minister’s job in next Wednesday’s election. He’s now the candidate for the grand coalition, and not Peter Kenilorea Jr, who was earlier touted as the group’s front-man for the top job. But at the close of nominations 4.30pm…

Agovaka ruling today

PRINCIPAL Magistrate Fatima Taeburi might possibly hand down her ruling in the case of re-elected Central Guadalcanal MP Peter Shanel Agovaka today. This will be known in court this morning. Agovaka’s matter was remitted back to the Honiara Magistrates’ Court for judgment after the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal. Agovaka was charged with one…

DCGA HITS BACK

THE four allied political parties to that forms the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) have denied allegations they were backed up by loggers. In a press conference on Wednesday Our Party leader and top candidate for the Prime Minister’s post Manasseh Sogavare rubbished such allegation and accusation. The accusation that the grand coalition was…

Abana clarifies $1.5m grant

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Fataleka has denied receiving the $1.5million under the shipping grant. Steve Abana made the clarification following calls by Chief Andrew Balasi alleging he received $1.5m shipping grant in 2017. Mr Abana described Balasi’s call as incorrect and misleading. But in a statement to Solomon on Tuesday, Mr Abana explained…

Sogavare is DCGA’s choice for PM’s job

THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) has nominated the Member of Parliament Elect for East Choiseul Constituency Manasseh Damukana Sogavare as their candidate for the Prime Minister’s post. A statement from DCGA stated that Party Wing Leaders and the 33 Members of the DCGA made the decision by consensus during a meeting held Tuesday.…