Gov’t told to cut vehicle import

The number of imported vehicles continues to increase yearly and will need further regulations to curb the rise. That’s according to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury principal statistician Henry Risoni. He was sharing his views in light of the increasing number of vehicles in Honiara city and other provincial centres. Raisoni said in 2016,…

Varley visits Gizo, reassures community

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Commissioner, Matthew Varley on Sunday visited Gizo in the Western Province to meet with Premier Wayne Maepioh, police officers and the community following the conclusion of last week’s police operations. Accompanied by Assistant Commissioner of Crime and Intelligence, Ian Vaevaso, Commissioner Varley purposely made the visit to reassure Premier…

Maelanga refutes Sun report on ‘collusion’

THE Parliamentary Opposition has refuted the Island Sun front page headline of Tuesday 20th February 2018 alleging that it is colluding with the Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to overthrow Prime Minister Rick Hou. Opposition leader Manasseh Maelanga said the report comes as a surprise to the Opposition Group as they have no intention to…

Police blame lapses in security

ESCAPE PROBE By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN HOW 29 detained Bougainvilleans escaped police custody in Gizo in the early hours of Wednesday is now the subject of a police investigation. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley told journalists yesterday that the 29 men were detained at Gizo police station in a training room that has security and fencing around…

B’villeans escape police custody

TWENTY-NINE Bougainvillean men who entered the country illegally escaped Gizo police custody in the early hours of Wednesday following their detention on Tuesday. Police previously intercepted the men in three boats near Vella la Vella Island in the Western Province and took them into Gizo. They were detained at the Gizo Police Station overnight while…

FRAUD TRIAL STARTS

Former PS enriched himself with public funds, court told By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN SACKED permanent secretary Henry Murray misused public power entrusted to him by improperly and unlawfully enriching himself with government funds, a court was told yesterday. Public prosecutor Florence Joel relayed this to the court in her opening address of the trial of Murray…

Stop spreading false rumour, Sasako told

THE Government on called on journalist Alfred Sasako to refrain from spreading what it described as “false rumours”. In a statement, the government said: “The fabricated information penned by Mr Sasako (and published by the Island Sun newspaper) is intended to create division, confusion and animosity amongst Government and the general public.” It highlighted that…

Hearing into Constitution Bill deferred

THE Parliamentary Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) has postponed the hearing into the Constitution (Amendment) (Electoral Reform) Bill 2018 to further notice. This came after the legal draftsmen of the Prime Minister Office are still to complete the last pages of the Electoral Reform Bill 2018. Appearing before the BLC in Parliament on Wednesday, chief…

Belgian ambassador presents credentials

The new Belgian Ambassador to Solomon Islands Marc Mullie had presented his letter of credential to Governor General His Excellency, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui early this week. The ceremony took place on Tuesday afternoon at Government House. Speaking during the occasion, the Ambassador said that it is truly a privilege for him to serve Solomon…

Taiwan hands over solar lights to constituencies

Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan officially hands over more than 11,000 units of solar lamps to the government of Solomon Islands yesterday in Honiara. The handing over ceremony was organised at the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) infront of its headquarter located behind the Tongs building, east Honiara. Speaking at the occasion Taiwan Ambassador to…