PATROL Boat Taro could leave Auki early this week to attend covid-19 cases recorded in the Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) over the weekend.
The Patrol Boat was supposed to spend 14 days in Auki, meaning it has one more week to go before leaving.
However, the situation in MOI might need the assistance of Patrol Boat Taro which could trigger its early departure from Auki.
It was announced that the Malaita public were invited to pay a visit to the Patrol Boat n yesterday afternoon.
However, when members of the public turned up at the Wharf to pay visit to the Patrol Boat, they were told that the visit is not possible as the Patrol Boat is ready to leave to MOI.
“We were told that the Patrol Boat is preparing to leave to MOI, responding to the covid-19 cases recently recorded in MOI,” one members of the public told this paper, when asked yesterday.
Last week Malaita ethnic leaders urged the Patrol Boat to leave Auki as its presence caused fear to the public.
Responding to the request, Patrol Boat Operation Commander Leslie Kili said the Patrol will be here for 14 days.
Kili said he will not bow down to few people with criminal elements who wish to see the Patrol Boat leaving Auki town.
But, the situation in MOI could trigger an early departure for Patrol Boat Taro.
By WILSON SAENI
Auki News Bureau