MP’s tax-free to be scrapped

ABC: For the first time in four years, Member of Parliament (MP) will be required to pay tax on their salaries. Solomon Islands’ Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) will be gazetting the new regulations on April 1 to remove, tax exemptions that were granted in 2015. Commission Chairman Johnson Siapu has confirmed the changes with ABC,…

Kimi new census chief

DOUGLAS Kimi who is the Government Statistician is now the new 2019 National Census Commissioner. Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou officially announced this on Monday as the country is heading towards the next National Census in November. He said the announcement was made in accordance to the Census Act (Chapter 53). “I now invoke Section…

Murray to be sentenced March 29

THE former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Henry Murray will be sentenced on March 29. This followed the sentencing submissions and mitigation made on his case on Monday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Murray was convicted last year of defrauding the government of more than 700, 000. He was found guilty…

HOU EYES 3RD TERM

Caretaker PM confident of securing seat By ANDREW FANASIA CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou says he’s confident of securing his Small Malaita seat and returning for a third term in Parliament. Hou expressed his confidence in his final press conference as prime minister with reporters, Tuesday. He’s leaving office this week to concentrate on his…

Kemakeza loses ‘Sir’

Former PM stripped of knighthood title Former Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza has already lost the knighthood title he was awarded in 2001 and should not be referred to as “Sir Allan” again. The Government House clarified this on Saturday, following recent references by the media to Kemakeza as “Sir Allan”. “Following the revocation of the…