The Temotu provincial premier Fr Brown Beu has slammed the front article in this paper on Monday describing it as misleading and irresponsible reporting.
The report stated he was unhappy with the unfulfilled promises by Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo on development plans for his province.
Refuting the article, Fr Beu said the report was an example of misleading, inaccurate and irresponsible reporting of the media.
His executive which was on a trade related trip to Honiara was supposed to meet the Prime Minister at 10am yesterday before returning to Lata today.
He told the Solomon Star yesterday that maybe because of the report his executive was unable to meet the Prime Minister yesterday.
“The meeting did not eventuate as planned. Maybe the Prime Minister was a bit upset about that misleading story carried on the media today (yesterday) and so that’s whay he did not what to meet with us.
“Actually, we were ashamed when we popped in that highest office only to learn that the PM was not available to meet with us as proposed without proper explanation.
“So we were unable to meet our Prime Minister, our main objective for being here for the past two weeks.”
The executive will be returning to Temotu today.
Fr Beu yesterday denied speaking to the paper saying the words carried on the story were actually not his.
“This is a result of an unverified story.
“The words on the story were not actually mine. Maybe it comes from one of the MPAs which the reporter interviewed.
“The words were somewhat true but we understand the Solomon Islands is such a big country in terms of economy, and development as reiterated on the story is something that won’t happen over night. Money is not an easy thing for a developing nation like Solomon Islands.
“The reporter’s tone was really out of context, and does not speak well of his career. He only misleads the nation with his unverified report.”
Meanwhile Premier Beu calls on the media to be responsible with their reporting.
By CHARLEY PIRINGI