The People’s Alliance Party (PAP) continues to blame the finance and treasury minister, Rick Hou for the poor state of the national economy.
Women’s advocator Casper Fa’asalu who is campaigning for women to be elected into the Parliament told a PAP meeting at the weekend in Honiara claiming Mr Hou has bowed down to political pressures to release illegal payments to MPs and individuals when he should have stopped them.
He said the nation had a lot of faith in Mr Hou when he was appointed minister for finance and treasury because he was a former Governor of the Central Bank and had worked with the World Bank.
Mr Fa’asala said Solomon Islanders had expected Mr Hou to be tough because he is the last man down to say no to scrupulous claims, but he has not done so.
He claimed instead Mr Hou has allowed himself to be pulled by the nose by the loose Cabinet of Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo.
The People’s Alliance Party maintained its belief that Mr Hou had been responsible for the sale of the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) and the National Bank of Solomon Islands (NBSI) , two lending financial institutions which had helped many Solomon Islanders to take active part in the development of their resources and business undertakings.
By George Atkin