The Honiara based Mono community is calling on the commissioner of Forest Reeves Moveni to terminate the agro-forestry operations on their island.
Community representative, Michael Kalanuma told this paper that the issue has gone out of hand and they want the company’s agro-forestry licenses be terminated soon.
He said, there have been growing issues overtime to an extent that the people are no longer having trust on the law abiders of this country.
“This has resulted from a number of incidents and happenings on the island, creating already mistrust to the police, the least they expected.
“Such should have not happened if it was handled and dealt with properly at the first place, however with the current situation we will be grateful only to see that this operation be terminated sooner than later,” said Kalanuma.
He added police in attempt to re-establish that trust of relationship to the Mono Island community engages the Honiara base community which is good.
“It is genuine of the law abiders to this approach and we will inform those on the island of the outcome.
“With this approach also comes responsibility to all parties involve on what we have discussed and the issues that have caused us with past incidents.
“RSIPF must be diligent in their work and exercise transparent Police practice that is expected by the Community which is already fragile.
“Inability of the RSIPF management and relevant Government law enforcement agencies to resolve the root cause of the law and order Problems in Mono.
“RSIPF turning a blind eye on criminal offenses committed by advocators of logging but instead interested only on criminal offenses committed by anti-loggers dissatisfied by granting of exemption order thus avoiding lawful process applicable to logging,” he said.
Kalanuma said, these are issues should not be overlooked and must be adhered to as a process to reestablishing the relationship with the police.
“Regaining that trust comes no easy and you must earn that, and we are willing to cooperate with the police on whatever it is on this regard.”
This paper understands the ongoing situation on Mono Island has caused mistrust on the police by the people on Mono Island.
As such a top rank police officer is travelling down to Mono on mission to regaining and reestablishing trust with the police force.
By BRADFORD THEONOMI