FUGUI, VOKIA LOSE SEATS 

Dramatic day in high court election cases By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN CENTRAL Honiara MP John Moffat Fugui and Northeast Guadalcanal MP Jamie Vokia on Friday lost their seats in two dramatic High Court election petition rulings. This was after two High Court judges found them both guilty of briberies. Justice Rex Faukona found Fugui guilty of one…

Wale: PM must explain scholarship situation

THE Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Prime Minister to explain the true situation with the government scholarship awards approved for the constituencies. The Leader of Opposition says, “Recently, Cabinet approved 6 scholarships each for our 50 constituencies for the 2020 academic year”.   “These are additional to the awards approved by the…

Police clarifies delay in Rarata case

ACTING Police Chief Mostyn Mangau says police will try to get the materials needed to complete investigations in a murder case in East Guadalcanal before the court’s due date. He made this assurance after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi refused to accept their excuse for the delay caused in this investigation. The court had heard on…

‘Justice in SI needs improvement’

ALL Solomon Islanders should have equal access to justice no matter their gender, age, disability or remoteness of their village. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Paul Mae during a final review of the justice sector’s draft Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy, Wednesday. Improving…

IMMIGRATION WOE

Officers suspended over breach of virus regulation By ANDREW FANASIA THREE Solomon Islands Immigration Officers were suspended for insubordination against the gazetted regulations restricting the entry of any person who have been to countries that have confirmed cases of coronavirus. The suspended officers were Immigration Deputy Director Chris Akosawa and his two other officers Thomas…

SI commends the outgoing MSG DG

THE Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele has highly commended the good work done by the outgoing Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat, Ambassador Amena Yavoli for the past 4 years.  Speaking during the MSG Foreign Ministers Meeting in Suva on Wednesday this week, Minister Manele acknowledge and…

CONFLICT OF INTEREST, SAYS TSI

WOMAN MP GRANTS CONSTITUENCY SCHOLARSHIP TO SPOUSE; CORRUPT CONDUCT Transparency Solomon Islands commends the media for keeping the public informed about the action/decision of the member of Parliament for Gizo/Kolombangara Hon. Lanelle Tanagada awarding her husband one of the six Constituency Scholarships allocated to the Constituency. What is of concern and more disturbing to note…

MHMS’s operation plan launched

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) on Wednesday launch its consolidated Annual Operation Plans (AOP) for the year 2020. Speaking at the launching Permanent Secretary Pauline McNeil said the 2020 AOP and Budget sets forth the focus of efforts and Ministry’s organisational commitments for the current fiscal year. “Consistent with our National Health Strategic…