THE Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) has called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to prove to the nation his promise in fighting against corruption by beginning in his own Cabinet.
In a statement on Wednesday, the group says the reiteration made by the Prime Minister during the opening of the three-day workshop on corruption in Honiara can only be deemed true if the Prime Minister to address the controversial decisions made by Cabinet in recent days.
The statement said, it is clear enough to see that Prime Minister Sogavare is no longer in control and there are certain elements within his Cabinet who are calling the shots.
“The Prime Minister must prove to this nation on his promise to fight against corruption head-on and start cleaning up his house. Because it will only be seen as hypocrital on his part, if he continues to preach against corruption while it is happening before his very own eyes,” the statement said.
The statement added that the recent revelation made by the sacked permanent secretary of Mines Jeffrey Kauha that certain Ministers who have foreign interests are involved in the PT Mega Bintang Borneo Limited is serious and needs intervention by the Prime Minister.
“The recent developments regarding the granting of an export permit to Bintang Borneo when the company has no valid mining lease to operate in Rennell Island smells fishy and raises more questions,” the FSII statement said.