East Areโ€™Are chiefs lauds customary land recording

THE traditional chieftainship of East Areโ€™ Are in Malaita Province has applauded the National Government for implementing the Customary Land Recording Act. The main purpose of the Customary Recording Programme was to record the land rights of customary landholding groups. It also allowed recording tribal genealogies which will be officially recognized and subsequently registered in…

SINU DEFENDS ACTION

THE Solomon Islands National University (SINU) has defended its position for not renewing contracts of academic and non-academic staff, saying they were part of the problem previous SINU Management could not shake it off. An estimated 281 staff, including security and cleaners have been left in the dark about their future and are seeking legal…

WHO IS RIGHT?

AG, Premier Suidani locked horns over Sifoniโ€™s sacking   THE Attorney General (AG), John Muria Junior said the termination of the Malaita Deputy Premier Randal Sifoni is illegal, according to the Provincial Government Act. Mr Muria stated this in response to a letter from the Malaita Province Legal Officer, Bradley Dalipanda when seeking legal opinion…

$200K TO 39 DCGA MPsโ€™

Is the PRC deceived on development funding?   THE Government may have deceived the Peopleโ€™s Republic of China (PRC) on its latest request for extra funding, according to documents released by the Opposition Leaderโ€™s Office yesterday. These documents include a Minute signed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last Wednesday (25th August 2021). Titled, Additional PRC…

SOGAVARE โ€œAGREESโ€ TO SETTLE MILITANTSโ€™ MONETARY CLAIMS NEXT MONTH

FACED with a $60 million bill and under pressure to โ€˜pay up or step down immediatelyโ€™, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has reportedly agreed to settle all ex-combatantsโ€™ claims by an unspecified date next month. The Office of the Prime Minister would not immediately comment on the report. But sources told Solomon Star yesterday the message…

GOVT BOWS TO MALAITA MISLEADING

The front page headline by Island Sun newspaper โ€˜GOVT BOWS TO MALAITAโ€™ is outright misleading and way off the mark. Special Secretary to Prime Minister Albert Kabui urged media outlets to report facts and not creating agenda plucked out of thin air. Kabui reiterated that issues in the petition by Honiara based Malaitans is now…

PROPOSED MPsโ€™ ENTITLEMENT

Massive increases in MPsโ€™ salaries and allowances being proposed   THE Government has proposed massive increases in Members of Parliament (MPs) salaries, terminal grants and clothing allowances, amongst others in a move which could ignite fresh debate over the nationโ€™s ability to pay. The Solomon Star has obtained a draft of the proposed changes, which…

WALE CALLS FOR POSTPONEMENT OF LOCK-DOWN

Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Prime Minister to order the postponement of the proposed lock- down commencing Sunday 29th August saying, the public notice forewarning the public that persons acting in breach will be arrested, prosecuted and fined may be unconstitutional. The Leader of Opposition made the call following views expressed…