LEADERS of Solomon Islands Post Conflict Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Restoration Association (SIPCRRRA) Guadalcanal Desk have strongly disassociated and condemned a rumour that the past ethnic conflict will happen again.
Militants from Malaita Malaita and Guadalcanal engaged in a conflict since 1998 until the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) intervened in 2003 to restore peace and normalcy.
In a joint meeting attended by SIPCRRRA members of Guadalcanal and Malaita in Honiara yesterday, they out rightly denied the rumour.
Chairman and deputy chairman of Guadalcanal SIPCRRA Joseph Sangu and Andrew Te’e said such rumours only create fears and instability in the communities.
Mr Sangu said their association was formed purposely for nation-building ahead of the national reconciliation planned by the national government.
He said police need to investigate the person behind the rumour and arrest him.
“If the person spreading the rumour is the member of the association, he will be kicked out straight away as stated in the constitution,” Mr Sangu said.
Furthermore, Mr Te’e said it’s not good to spread a rumour that plasters Guadalcanal on it.
He said such person needs to come out publicly to reveal himself.
Mr Sango and Mr Te’e were former leaders of Guadalcanal ex-militia group Isatabu Freedom Movement (IFM).
Members of Malaita desk which includes former commanders like Moses Su’u and others claimed they will also help the police with any information relating to the person spreading the rumour.