DID the Ward 20 Member of the Malaita Provincial Assembly (MPA) and Minister of Works and Transport, Jimmy Rerehe, just let the secret out of the bag during a mobile conversation with a nurse that was overhead by another nurse and a priest?
In what was supposed to be a confidential mobile conversation between the Ward 20 MPA, Minister Rerehe and a nurse (name withheld) just before the Motion of No Confidence against the former Malaita Premier, Daniel Suidani, another nurse and a priest overhead their entire conversation as the nurse put her mobile on the speaker mode.
Minister Rerehe had no idea that the nurse had put her mobile on the speaker mode and that his conversation with her was head by the other nurse and the priest who were present in the same room where she was conversing with him on her phone.
While the purpose of the phone call was yet to be revealed, the content of the mobile conversation indicated that Minister Rerehe was trying to explain to the nurse the reasons why he did not join the MARA Government camp in the lead up to the third motion of no confidence against Suidani.
Solomon Star Auki was reliably informed that Minister Rerehe spoke to the nurse about the benefits he and other MPAs in the then non-executive camp would receive from the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) once they have removed Suidani from the post of Premier.
According to reliable information given to Solomon Star Auki, Minister Rerehe said the benefits from DCGA would be in the form of material goods and they would be given to each MPA in the then non-executive camp as gifts if they outed Suidani.
The material goods promised to each MPA included; a Lucas Mill, 60HP engine, a boat, a chainsaw, a 3-tonne truck and a solar-powered refrigerator.
These items could possibly cost between SBD700, 000.00 and SBD1, 000,000,000.00, in total.
Minister Rerehe had previously confessed to receiving bribe money totaling SBD20, 000.00 for the first and second Motions of No Confidence against Suidani and the secret behind the third motion against the former premier was let out of the bag by the nurse who put her mobile on speaker when conversing with the MPA for Ward 20. The other nurse and the priest were relatives of Minister Rerehe and the first nurse. The four are from Malaita’s Are’are region.
The MPA for Ward 24, Peter Taraumae, posted part of the information on the Malaita Development Forum yesterday and it attracted a mixed reaction from the public.
MPA for Ward 28, John Tafiiru Daubo who is a Minister of the Premier Fini Government quickly defended the Ward 20 MPA by stating that there was no such promise from DCGA.
The Ward 28 MPA is new MPA and was not part of the first and second Motions of No Confidence against Suidani. MPA Daubo was elected in the provincial elections held last September.
Ward 33 MPA, Ezekiel Teusa, who is also a Minister in the Fini Government also denied the information, stating it was a made up story and a clear power-hungry post from the Ward 24 MPA.
The post also attracted comments from a former Malaita Premier, Peter Ramohia, who accused the Ward 24 MPA of character-assassination.
However, MPA for Ward 24, MPA Taraumae stood by his social media post stating that the information is genuine and that he has witnesses to confirm its truthfulness and further added that what DCGA did could amount to bribery.
The MPA for Ward 20 could not be reached for comments on the allegations.
Some commentators shared the view that it could be the DCGA promise that kept the former non-executive group united in their resolve to remove Premier Suidani and his MARA Government from office and their mission is accomplished.
In the meantime, the MPAs in the Fini Government are still waiting for their promised gifts from the DCGA for their successful removal of Suidani and his MARA Government in the third Motion of No Confidence.
By WILSON SAENI in Auki