IT has been a year now, the missing $10 million worth of stolen beche-demer remains a mystery.
East Choiseul MP Mannaseh Sogavare in his supplementary question in Parliament yesterday asked the Minister of Fisheries Alfred Ghiro of the whereabouts of the consignment but received no hint.
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo in response said the outcome of police investigation in the matter will reveal the whereabouts of the consignment.
“We can only honest with the house we do not know where the consignment is and how it happened,” Mr Lilo said.
“I fully understand the frustration we have but we cannot do anything but allow police to deal with this.”
The same questions were raised in the May sitting of Parliament and police investigation was the same reason given.
Mr Lilo yesterday said police must be allowed to do their job without interference.
“The constitution does not allow us to question the commissioner of police. The commissioner has to carry out the job independently.
“The right thing the minister has done was refer the matter to police. That was the right thing to do.
“To order police to go and find out and or raid is unconstitutional.”
Asked whether the consignment was shipped back to the Malaita Outer Islands as reported earlier, the answer Dr Derek Siku received was uncertainty.
The Fisheries Minister has no idea and could not confirm.
“We cannot confirm that. I can’t tell whether consignment was returned or not,” Mr Ghiro told Parliament.
The Prime Minister during one of his responses said the consignment should be destroyed.
This prompted the question of who owns the missing consignment.
By EDNAL PALMER