Choosing leaders who walk the talk

THANKS again to Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI). Through a survey they commissioned recently, we were able to know the attendance and performance of the outgoing MPs in parliament. Latest findings released yesterday showed only a few Members of Parliament regularly contribute to debate on bills that come before parliament. Last week, the TSI survey revealed…

Maintaining law in Honiara

ARE Honiara City Council law enforcement officers still serving the public interest? Are they still there to enforce city by-laws as expected of them? Or are we now paying them to do nothing when it comes to the maintenance of law and order in Honiara? Ifthey are no longer capable of enforcing city by-laws, then…

The kind of MPs we want

EAST Choiseul voters should be proud of themselves and their outgoing Member of Parliament, Manasseh Sogavare. Mr Sogavare topped the attendance roll of the last and 9th parliament, whose term ended Monday this week. That’s according to a survey Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) conducted, which was published in this paper. Mr Sogavare demonstrated a final…

Measles taking its toll here

THE measles outbreak is taking its toll on the nation’s health service. As of Tuesday, health authorities recorded more than 500 cases in Honiara, Guadalcanal, and Malaita. Two children have already died as a result of measles related complications. Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads by coughing, spitting, sneezing and over-crowding. So it’s…

Underpasses reopened – respect them

THE Honiara City Council must be commended for reopening the two underpass crossings in the city. The decision was timely and relevant, as Japan is in the process of improving Honiara’s road system with the aim of addressing the worsening traffic congestion. Under the project, the Honiara market underpass will be renovated and improved. These…

Talasasa must take note of the concerns

Our Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ronald Bei Talasasa is a highly respected and experienced lawyer. He was elevated to this constitutional post after many years of service in the country’s judiciary. In other words, he earned the position through hard work, dedication and commitment. He has had an excellent command of the Office he…

Let’s be on alert

The news of the deadly disease which had claimed four young lives so far in Makira province should not be taken lightly. Children are vulnerable to this disease which was said to have associated features of Meningococcal disease. Its an infection caused by the bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis and carries a high mortality rate if…

Why do we neglect Kukum?

OF all the streets in Honiara, the shop fronts along Kukum Highway are the most neglected. There, you see plastics and all sorts of litters lying around as though it was nobody’s business. Some of these litters have been there for months, compressed against the ground. While the Honiara City Council had engaged various groups…