Congratulations to Babanisi

Dear Editor – My hearty congratulations to Edwin Babanisi on qualifying for a law degree. The Solomon Islands has created history by producing a first-ever visually impaired (blind) person to have graduated with a Bachelor of Law in the South Pacific. Edwin Babanisi from Shortlands in Western Province and Makira recently graduated from the University…

Govt’s move to ban Facebook

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) strongly objects the Cabinet’s decision regarding the temporary ban on Facebook. Banning Facebook is not the solution to the issues given in support of the Executive Government’s decision to ban Facebook.  For when you lift the ban the abusive languages against the Ministers, Prime Minister, character assassination, defamation of character, etc.…

Publishing of ESP recipients curtail corruption 

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) acknowledges on day one that at times like this Covid-19 pandemic, emergency powers are needed pointing out at the same time that these must have a clear deadline and limited scope.  Furthermore, based on experiences of the ethnic tension days the Executive Government was reminded about the indispensable importance of protecting…

Cuban medical graduates

Dear Editor – On the front page of Solomon Star Issue No.7638 (Mon 28th Sept 2020) the Prime Minister reportedly spoke warmly about the more than 80 of our students who have so far graduated from Cuban medical schools. As a least developed country, we need to have good doctors working in our hospitals and…

Our students in Philippines

I spent some of yesterday (Wednesday) with the families of the students stuck in Philippines.Their stories are heart-breaking and it was very distressing seeing the pain in the faces of the families.  I then came home and read on Facebook the well written statement by Mr Doug Marau who Mr Douglas Marau who is the…

Malaita’s response to joint statement

By Daniel SuidaniMalaita Premier The Premier of Malaita Province would like to respond to the joint statement by the 9 Malaita DCGA MPs that appeared on Solomon Star newspaper on Thursday, 17th September 2020. It is an unusual letter to be written and signed by members of the Executive. This statement refers to different arms…

Democracy, SOE and oligarchy

In Search of Responsive, Responsible, Transparent and Accountable Leadership – COVID 19 Misuse and Abuse of Entrusted Power under SOE SINCE 2014 Transparency Solomon Islands has been campaigning as others have done for leaders that will say no to corruption, be transparent and accountable for the powers [entrusted power] vested upon them by the people…