No trial date yet for Aipia case

NO new trial date has been fixed yesterday on the case of Dr Reginald Aipia accused of catching and retaining beche-de-mer for export during the ban period. This was because Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota, who was supposed to set down the date, was not available yesterday as he was reportedly sick. Magistrate Augustine Aulanga adjourned…

Kola trial starts

THE court has started hearing evidences into the traffic case against former Deputy Police Commissioner Walter Kola, Tuesday. The trial is in relation to the charges of careless & inconsiderate driving and failing to stop and report. Prosecution called seven witnesses and will call its key witnesses once he arrives from the province. The defence…

Paroled inmate returns for trial

PROSECUTION is ready for the trial on the intimidation charge against the life-timer prisoner released on parole. Public Prosecutor Margaret Suifa’asia yesterday confirmed to the court of prosecution’s position in relation to the trial. She said prosecution is ready for the trial on November 30. Mrs Suifasia however, said her colleague Florence Joel will be…

Act fails to remedy misuse of public funds

DESPITE its good intentions the Public Finance Act 2013 still falls short of illegalizing abuse of public funds through the use of contingency warrants. Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele said this during Parliament debate on the Supplementary Appropriation bill 2015 that Parliament passes it last week. The Opposition leader said government’s abuse of public funds by…

LCC explains position on MPs’airport contracts

THE Leadership Code Commission (LCC) Office says in the absence of a substantive chairman, it cannot comment on the issue of national leaders, especially parliamentarians engaged in contractual projects in the cleaning and maintenance of Honiara International Airport. Asked if the procedures and process whereby contracts to clean up and maintain certain allotted plots around…

Opposition concern over report

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group was concern over recent media reports of the Prime Minister’s alleged meeting with former militants. In a statement the Opposition Group expressed serious concern whilst the details of the report are unclear. The statement added, the fact that it has been raised in the mainstream media and social media is very…

MPs yet to resign from party

THREE Members of Parliament have not resigned from Kadere Party after they deserted the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government during the political upheaval last month. Kadere Party is one of the three parties besides United Democratic Party and People’s Alliance Party that formed the DCC government. Solomon Star understands the three MPs are former…

Contestants visit Ministry

Queens contesting the 2015 Miss Solomon pageant yesterday meet with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs officials. In their visit, the queens learnt about the important roles that the Ministry played in the country with regards to the issues affecting Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. The visit is an eye opener…