Opposition leader uninvited to reconciliation ceremony

The Parliamentary Opposition Leader has not been invited to yesterday’s official opening ceremony of the weeklong reconciliation event. The Office of the Opposition group issued a statement saying Jeremiah Manele was not formally invited to join the event. The statement said that although a formal program was given late on Friday evening to the Leader,…

Excitement over peace event

MEMBERS of Solomon Islands Post Conflict Reconciliation Rehabilitation and Restoration Association (SIPCRRRA) are happy to see the national healing and apology programme commenced yesterday in Honiara. Chairman for Guadalcanal desk, Joseph Sangu said a peace process and reconciliation cannot start anywhere but somewhere. “At least we seen the beginning of a peace process,” he said.…

Commissioner clarifies allowance

ROYAL Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is working with the government to address their outstanding special duty allowances. Commissioner of Police Frank Prendergast made the assurance yesterday following complaints raised by some police officers over delay of their allowances. They said failure to address the issue will result in a boycott in the upcoming Independence…

National apology

…For the atrocity of the ethnic tension PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says sorry to the people of this nation on behalf of the national government since July 1978 for the pain and sufferings experienced during the ethnic tension from 1998-2000. Sogavare made this solemn apology during the opening of the National Healing and Apology programme…

Peace event starts

Boycott will not hinder healing and apology programme THE National Healing and Apology Programme will continue despite disagreements from provincial governments and certain ex-militant groups. That’s according to chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee and government peace advisor, Fr John Ngalihesi. “As far as I am concerned, the programme will continue, and it starts tomorrow…

It’s 10%

NPF declares $276m profit NATIONAL Provident Fund (NPF) is paying out another 10 per cent interest rates to its members. This was the same rate it paid to its members at the end of the last financial year. Yesterday, Finance minister Snyder Rini announced another 10 per cent pay-out, while declaring a profit of $276…

Local investment performing

CHAIRMAN of National Provident Fund, Peter Boyers says the domestic equity investments continued to perform strongly again this year. Speaking at the end of the Fund’s financial year yesterday, Boyers said this was seen by the increase in their cash dividends from their domestic equity investments; a)    South Pacific Oil Limited (SPOL), b)    Solomon Telekom…

Breathalyzers in action this weekend

Police are now ready to start using Breathalyzers this weekend following going through an extensive campaign of advising people about the implementation program under the new legislation. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said the idea of the breathalyzers is not to catch people and not to raise revenue but is to change behaviour of people drinking…

Auga rejoins DCCG

Member of Parliament for Lau/Baelelea, Augustine Auga has returned his allegiance with the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG). Auga was part of the group that tried to oust Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in a political upheaval including former Deputy Prime Minister, Douglas Ete. Caucus officials confirmed on anonymity Mr Auga attended caucus meeting on…

Police to launch ‘You & Me Together’ operation

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will be carrying out an operation code name “You and me together” starting today to provide security, law and order in the upcoming national events in the country. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast told media personnel at the weekly police conference yesterday that the operation will be covering the…