A PROPOSED housing scheme the Sogavare government plans for public servants is rigged of corruption, Parliamentary Independent leader Manasseh Maelanga says.
Mr Maelanga also slammed the $3.7 million the government paid to owners of speed boat Sun Express, which they hired during the government formation stages last December.
“This government must come out clear on its position over these controversial issues, which are stemmed from poor decision making,” the East Malaita MP said.
He said the proposed housing scheme looks everything of a corruptive nature.
“Everything done by the government is not straight as they manipulated things in the good name of public servant housing scheme, but the truth is their dealings are corrupt.”
Mr Maelanga said the involvement of Special Secretary to Prime Minister Rence Sore as one of the directors of the company to build the homes is “daylight corruption”.
“A housing scheme of public servants is a good one. We all appreciate that.
“But how the government handles this project reminds us that there is no other country in the world that needs an ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) than Solomon Islands.
“On the other issue of Sun Express boat hiring government still owes this nation answers a better explanation than the lousy one offered by the special secretary to the prime minister.”
He added the government’s payment of $3.7 million to the owners of MV Sun Express is illegal and set a bad precedence for criminals to enter the system and manipulate it.
Mr Maelanga urged the government to tell this country where is the ICAC they’ve promised to set up since they came into power.
“Where is the anti-corruption body?”
By AATAI JOHN