31 former MPs to contest as independent candidates

THIRTY one former members of parliament will be contesting this month’s National General Elections as Independent candidates. This number however has raised serious questions as to why the last house has passed the Political Parties Integrity Bill. The Solomon Star has uncovered that only seventeen former MPs have registered under a party. Whilst the rest…

Local Townsville community prepares for festival

Townsville Solomon Islands Association (TSIA) recently took part in a fundraising night for the Townsville Pasifika Indigenous Cultural Festival (TPICF) to be held next year in May. Chairperson of TSIA, Eleanor Gledhill said,“it was a fantastic night with custom dancing and performances from all indigenous groups present in Townsville. We had great fun performing our…

Fight against trachoma underway in Honiara

Nurses from the Ministry of Health have begun distributing drugs to prevent trachoma, a blind eye disease. The campaign kicked off at Gilbert Camp in east Honiara yesterday. More than a hundred people including men, women and children took medication. The treatment is an effective drug to treat the disease so that the risk of…

Kwaiafa needs highlighted

Kwaiafa Community High School (KCHS) in East Malaita needs a lot of improvement in terms of infrastructure development. Christina Fugui, the school principal highlighted this when speaking during school’s annual graduation ceremony on Friday. “This school needs a new library, a science lab, a proper administration office for primary and secondary, a proper assemble hall…

Kilusakwalo stage graduation

Kilusakwalo Christian community high school (KCCHS) in Malaita hosted its school graduation day last Friday. Hundreds of students from grade six; form 3, 5 and 6 received their school certificates during the ceremony. School principal Robert Jones said, a graduation ceremony is always such a special occasion. He said the journey has not been easy…

Hostility against Lilo boys

Caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has denied claims workers at his private Doma residence in west Guadalcanal have threatened nearby villagers. Instead, he said it was certain boys within the community who have been hostile to his workers. Lilo is building a family home on the Doma land he recently acquired from Guadalcanal Province.…

Chinatown gets 24-hour security

An army of security guards converged onto Chinatown last Saturday as the nation heads to the polls on November 19. They are private security guards the Solomon Islands Chinese Association (SICA) engaged to provide 24 hour security within the shopping district during the election period. SICA chairman Matthew Quan confirmed to the Sunday Star they’ve…

Police out to reclaim stolen vehicle

A team of eight police officers from Auki was deployed to West Kwaio last Saturday afternoon to reclaim a stolen R4 vehicle. Some drunken men in the area seized the vehicle after they stopped it and attacked the driver and his three passengers. An Auki police officer told the Sunday Star the incident occurred near…