New ministers sworn in

HOURS after sacking two of his senior ministers, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare wasted no time to bring in their replacements. Fataleka MP Rex Ramofafia is now the new Minister for National Planning and Development Coordination. He replaces Rick Hou, a former prime minister and MP for Small Malaita, who got his marching orders yesterday morning.…

DCGA condemns bribery attempt

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) says it condemned any bribery-attempt by national leaders. Front-page articles published in the local print media reported claims by Premier of Malaita Daniel Suidani that a Minister and a Backbencher had tried to offer him SBD$1 million to support the China switch. Speaking on behalf of the DCGA…

HOU SPEAKS OF SACKING

• I know it’s coming • Sogavare lied to nation and development partners about China switch • Sogavare’s Our Party orchestrated China switch • Decision to switch was made in a rush By ANDREW FANASIA SACKED government minister Rick Hou says he accepts his termination, but the nation needs to know the truth about the…

Backhoe driver jailed

THE man who drove a Backhoe Excavator into the Coral Sea Resort’s lobby causing damages and fear to the hotel’s guests and employees last year has been sentenced to a total of two years imprisonment. Dickson Irofinao was sentenced following his guilty pleas to the charges of intimidation and wilful and unlawful damage. Principal Magistrate…