Ashley given top political job

Lawyer Charles Ashley has been appointed special secretary to the Prime Minister, the Sunday Star can reveal. He was one of four political appointees the new Manasseh Sogavare government has made so far. The appointments are yet to be formally announced but well-placed government insiders revealed four appointees have so far been made. Ashley is…

Dispute forces logger out

Dispute between landowning parties at Koaá, West Kwaio, led to the closure of a logging operation and the sudden departure of the logging company. Right Trade Solomon Islands Limited (RTSIL) last week packed and shipped its machines, as well as local and foreign labourers to Honiara. Landowning parties, Rade and Arakwao, as well as other…

PPI Act will be reviewed: Sogavare

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government will review the Political Party Integrity (PPI). When the Solomon Star asked about the seriousness DCC has in ensuring political stability during a talk back show on Sunday, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare admitted the failure of the Act to address political stability and pledge DCC’s commitment to review…

Murder accused without lawyer

A man accused of being involved in the killing of a man at Tetere in 2010, is still without a legal representative. Isaac Para on Thursday said, he wants a lawyer to represent him and his matter was therefore adjourned to December 23, to give him time to secure a lawyer. He is co-accused with…

Low turnout of voters

THE Guadalcanal Provincial election has attracted low turnout of voters on Wednesday. Unlike the recent national general elections, many people in the province and around the country came out to elect their members of parliament. Acting paramount chief of Saghalu ward, John Batista Kaoni blamed the low turnout of voters on Ministry of Provincial Government…

Beu retains seat

CARETAKER premier of Temotu Premier Fr Brown Beu has retained his seat in Nangu ward. This follows the successful provincial election on Wednesday. In Temotu Neo ward 17 the winner is Nickson Lanoli while for Bekapoa Ward 11 John Micheal. Fr Beu retained his seat for a second term serving in Temotu provincial assembly. New…

Suibaea unseated

Malaita’s Caretaker Premier Edwin Miniti Suibaea has been unseated in the provincial election. His successor, Glen Waneta polled a big margin against his rivals as counting for Northern region wards was completed at Maluú station on Thursday. Speaking to this paper minutes after the results were announced Suibaea revealed as a leader he profoundly accept…