Malaita Premier Hon. Peter Ramohia said the decision to appoint his Deputy is based on what he believes in.
Mr Ramohia made the comments in responds to the reports which this paper published over the weekend claiming a ‘split threat’ by assembly members of the two weeks old executive over reinstating of former Deputy Premier Hon. Alick Maeaba to the deputy’s post in the new executive.
As reported, seven executive members intended to walk away unless the Premier revoke the deputy’s premier’s appointment and put member for ward 1 Malcolm Moli instead.
However the premier said it was his best evaluative judgment that was used in appointing Mr Maeaba.
“The appointment is done based on available information’s and the best I believe in as a leader to move the province forward.”
“Also the decision is based on the best my team have made. I did not see any issue with appointment of my Deputy.”
He said the issue of the deputy’s appointment will be dealt with by the executive in their first meeting set for tomorrow.
“As a responsible leader, I must take the right step ensure the executive remains focused to achieve goals.”
The Premier then revealed prior to the formal appointment, both members Hon. Maeaba and Hon. Moli compromised and agreed upon the decision made.
“The point was, Hon. Maeaba’s experience in politics and educational background set the benchmark for such criteria.”
“To make fusses of the appointment does not contribute to the good and development of the province.
“What matters the most is to see things moving. It’s about time we contribute rather than talking over positions,” said Hon. Ramohia.
As claimed by critics that Hon. Maeaba being deputy to the last executive is part of the leadership which brings the province to its current dire state.
However the Premier explained that we cannot blame one man whilst he is part of a big team.
“If there are misdemeanours, then we have the right channel to go about. But you cannot put someone aside just because of speculations. This is just simple logic.”
The Premier who is a marine biologist by profession said in the next 6 months, his government will set the benchmark to gain confidence and trust of aid donors, investors, national government and indigenous people which will bring about significant changes.
He met with PM Manasseh Sogavare early this week in Honiara to discuss priority areas set to be implemented in the near future for the province.
The premier and his executive are set to meet on tomorrow to screen first draft of their policy framework and do adjustment.
By TEDDY KAFO