Former Premier of Central Province Stanley Manetiva has questioned the Central Provincial Government (CPG) for engaging a person with a police record to collect revenue from business owners in the province.
Manetiva told Solomon Star that a person who has a police record was paid daily subsistence allowances and accommodation while in Honiara where he’s supposes not to be.
“He is not a provincial direct employee but was engaged to collect revenue outside of his own liking or un-procedural directed by the CPG Executive government. This is an illegal practice upheld by the CPG executive,” he said
Mr Manetiva said he sent an email to the Hon. Premier to give the correct information about the issue and explain to the PPAC and non- executive members and the people of Central Province.
“I asked the Hon. Premier when was the person recruited, and what process allowed him to accompany the provincial revenue clerk and to be paid daily subsistence allowances.
“I think this is a wrong approach and set a bad precedence in our province which must be stop.”
Mr Manetiva alleged the person has a past police record, reported by his previous government, and now under police investigation.
“We have our record that he was totally disqualified to be recruited as a revenue clerk. This should be an administration matter and not a political government issue,” he said.
Mr Manetiva warned that such action paints a bad image of the current government policies and the name tag of the provincial government that advocates more on change.
“Is it a change for good or bad? If there is any recruitment, please do it in a formal way.
“We as PPAC members and non-executive members will question your office on the matter raised,” he concluded.
By FOLLET J. TANGINIABUA
Solomon Star, Newsroom