Chiefs want recognition

CHIEFS across the country have expressed their desire to be part of the modern governance system. Up to 10 chiefs representing the nine provinces expressed this when they met the Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace, Samson Maneka, in Honiara on Wednesday. “We wanted chiefs as traditional leaders to be recognized in our modern…

Political parties gather to discuss election systems

REPRESENTATIVES of political parties have gathered to discuss electoral systems which could be adopted in the Solomon Islands. Leadership of all registered political parties meet at the Heritage Park Hotel yesterday to discuss how different electoral systems could work in the Solomon Islands context. Chairman of the Political Parties Commission Sir Paul Tovua opened the…

MPs discuss next steps in electoral reform

MEMBERS of Parliament have completed a two-day dialogue on electoral systems that could be adopted in Solomon Islands. Closing the dialogue, Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare said that the meeting gave MPs an opportunity to discuss the complex issue of the voting system in detail. “Parliament is a very formal setting, so we decided to have…

Landowners sell machines away

LANDOWNERS of east Fataleka, Malaita, reportedly sold the majority of machinery left in their care by Hoylake Nominees Pty Ltd from Australia without the company’s permission. These landowners were part of the rural economic development project being conducted by Evita Solomon Ltd from August2013 to August 2015. The machines first landed in Ro’ole lands during…

Police pleased with public behaviour

DEPUTY Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga says police are impressed with the behaviour of the public during the soccer match between Australia and our under 20 boys on Wednesday. Speaking at the weekly police conference, Ms Matanga said this is something we must continue to support as we strive towards improving soccer in our region and…

Villagers arrested over bitter logging dispute

POLICE in Western Province have arrested 21 people at Kazukuru in Rendova, Western Province, following a logging dispute in that area. The suspects were arrested on Sunday the 14th of August and were placed in Noro police custody. These were for allegedly blocking roads and other criminal activities at Kazukuru. This was revealed by the…

Police awareness programs underway

POLICE have been conducting awareness programs in settlements in and around Honiara and Guadalcanal over the past week. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga said last week the community policing team went out to Komate area at Weathercoast, Guadalcanal, to conduct awareness program. She said this followed request from the villagers in that area there who…

Man dead in road accident

A MAN is dead and another in a critical condition following a motor accident at the GPPOL 2 area in east Guadalcanal on Wednesday. Guadalcanal police, who attended the incident, alleges the accident was alcohol related. Information received by Tetere Police say the incident, involving a car with three people inside, occurred at GPPOL 2…

Police operations continue

POLICE operations to catch drink-drivers on the road are continuing. This is being done using the recently introduced breathalyzers. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga revealed that as of last week they have conducted the operation and will continue this week. She said they are targeting hot spot areas as well as dealing with traffic checks…

Police mediate water solution

POLICE are currently on an operation to mediate a standoff between the Kongulai landowners and Government in relation to payments. Deputy Police Commissioner Juanita Matanga at the said operation by Guadalcanal police and Honiara police are currently going on this week and will continue next week. She urged the landowners and those residing around the…