THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has expressed grave concerns over the revelations this week of the involvement of senior Cabinet ministers in the bauxite export saga.
In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition says the revelations in the Island Sun newspaper are serious, as they border on corruption, and serious allegations of conflict of interest on the part of the Government MPs, not to mention the fact that these elected officials are self-serving.
The statement adds that these sorts of revelations are unacceptable as it undermines the expectations of the people in DCC; a Government that has promise change and to fight corruption head-on.
“This is a serious matter as it amounts to misconduct in office. One wonders if these MPs have reported these business dealings to the Leadership Code Commission (LCC),” the statement said.
The Opposition Group says it is sad that only six months ago the DCC Government took over leadership with the promise to weed out corruption, and make a real change to ethical leadership in this country, only to see its own leadership has been implicated in corruptive practices and so much controversy.
“Such actions undermine the integrity of these leaders and the DCC Government -let alone ethical leadership,” the statement adds.
The Opposition Group also reiterated its call as to why the Prime Minister has been silent on these very serious issues.
“The Prime Minister must take necessary action to rectify this situation. Failure to do so would only mean condoning the actions and conduct of MPs, which is not in the best interests of this nation.”
Meanwhile, the Opposition Group is also questioning anti-corruption bodies such as Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) stand on this issue.
“Lest we forget, corruption must be battled head-on and anti-corruption bodies must take the lead.”