Murder suspect to take plea

A MAN accused of the murder of three people during the height of the ethnic tension in 2003 will take his plea, Monday. A committal hearing is expected to be conducted thereafter. John Meti faces three counts of murder in relation to the allegation on 27 May 2003 at Pite area, at Weathercoast in south…

Reality budgeting forecasts vital

MEMBER of Parliament for Small Malaita and current chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Rick Hou had urged Government to stop allocating funds meet costs of unforeseen or unplanned events. Mr Hou said this during parliamentary debate of the Supplementary Appropriation bill 2015 passed last Thursday. He said during scrutiny by the Public Accounts Committee,…

Public urged to report corruption to authority

THE public is urged to report any acts of corruption they come across in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID). Permanent Secretary Henry Murray made the suggestion following claims corruption has been rife in the ministry’s Vehicle Inspection Unit. A Honiara resident, Jeff Bud recently wrote to the Solomon Star, alleging public officers in the…

Big health survey sets to start soon

THE Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH) program within the Environmental Health Department (EHD) at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is for the first time undertaking a national baseline survey on Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH) using Akvo software in smart phones. Akvo software is specifically designed to work in…

$21m shipping grant paid to 9 MPs

NINE constituencies in the country have received shipping grants totalling $21.6 million last year. The revelation was made in the Auditor General’s (AG) report.. The report shows that six of the nine constituencies received $3 million each. They are Small Malaita, South Vella La vella, East Makira, Savo & Russell, North Malaita and Malaita outer…

Supplementary budget 2015 through

PARLIAMENT had passed the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2015 after a deliberation through a committee of supply and was set down for a third reading by the Speaker Ajilon Nasiu. The Bill seeks Parliament’s approval of an additional supplementary expenditure of one hundred and ninety five million, seven hundred and forty thousand, and one hundred and…

Opposition: Is ICAC another propaganda?

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the Prime Minister to inform this nation of the current status of the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). In a statement yesterday, the Parliamentary Opposition says this might just be another propaganda by the current Government as the Prime Minister has failed to live up to his promise.…

Sikua urges govt to address issues in aviation

National Parliamentary Independent Leader Dr Derek Sikua has urged the government to address important issues remain unattended by the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA). He was speaking in his second reading debate on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill in Parliament. Dr Sikua said essential items such as the fire engine had not been maintained; the…

FSII case returns to court, Monday

THE case between the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) and Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Airlines Ron Sumsum will return to the Honiara Magistrates’ Court again Monday next week. That is when the court will know whether the hearing into the case will continue that day or a date to be fixed for the continuation…