MAYOR DEFENDS ACTION

CITY mayor Andrew Mua has defended the council’s decision to demolish illegal betel nut market stalls along the streets. And he said councillors who disagreed with the decision and wish to resign from the council executive are welcome to do so. “The decision was in line with council ordinance,” Mr Mua told the Solomon Star.…

NPF clarifies under-water cable investment here

SOLOMON Islands National Provident Fund (NPF) has denied investing US$10 million (SI$77.9 million) into Solomon Oceanic Cable Company (SOCC). NPF general manager Tony Makabo clarified this after president of Malaita Ma’asina Forum Charles Dausabea made the claim on Wednesday. Mr Dausabea questioned why NPF decided to invest such large amount of money into SOCC when…

Prosecutor asked to withdraw charges

A PROSECUTOR has been ordered to advise court of his position as to whether or not he will accept the defence’s proposal to withdraw the charges against two Asians accused of stealing logs on Rennell, Renbel Province. Private lawyer Allan Hou has made a proposal to the prosecution seeking withdrawal of larceny of tree and…

Accused given options on legal representation

A FORMER Correctional Service officer facing multiple fraud charges involving more than $100,000 has been asked confirm he will represent himself or still requires his lawyer’s assistance. Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo asked the accused Don Lisi Talu to make a decision on the next court hearing on December 14. Having gone through the court’s…

NEW BID

UDP relaunches efforts to remove PM Sogavare UNITED Democratic Party (UDP) has launched a fresh bid to get rid of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare from the party. An earlier move the party’s president Sir Thomas Chan took to sack Mr Sogavare from UDP was found to be un-procedural both under the party’s constitution and the…

PARTY SAYS SORRY, BACKS PM

The Kadere Party executive has vowed to support Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his government following a reconciliation ceremony, Monday. A statement from the Prime Ministers Press Secretariat said the executive members which included President Peter Boyers and Deputy Parliamentary Wing Leader, Andrew Manepora sort out their differences with Mr Sogavare. The reconciliation ceremony which…

DPP to check custody death file

THE file in relation to the death of the young man in custody in June this year is now with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Ronald BeiTalasasa confirmed that his office received the file from the police on Thursday. He said he would have to go…

2 Chinese hurt in attempted robbery

TWO Chinese men are recovering at the National Referral Hospital after their employees attempted to rob their White River shop on Thursday night. Reports reaching the Solomon Star said the incident happened around 8pm shortly after the shop owner closed the shop. The Chinese men sustained injuries to their heads. It was alleged the four…

$100,000 REWARD OFFER

Police seek information onMbike island shooting POLICE are offering a $100,000 reward to anyone for information leading to the arrest of those behind the 2014 shooting and arson attack on the Sun Express boat at Mbike Island, Gela, in Central Province. Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast said the cooperation of the public is sought to establish…