Dear Editor – I made reference to the articles entitled “Let’s move on” by Ednal Palmer, and “Dr Sikua and others should drop it” by Mr. Jim Sevesi published on Solomon Star 17th July 2016.
The recent statements made by the office of the Leader of independent was never meant to dig into the past, neither want to instigate another upheaval.
However, pointer to incident mentioned was brought into conversation as to substantiate and justify, and foremost an independent view from this office worth contributing towards finding truthful reconciliation, apologies and peace building efforts in Solomon Islands.
FYI-the Parliamentary Independent Leader has been supportive in terms of making constructive criticisms, encouraging and advising the government to be wary of its unpopular and politically driven approaches in dealing with the ethnic related issues, particularly upholding the TRC recommendations and keeping within its bounds. Subsequently, it has not been the case as the document still remains shelved in parliament for unknown reasons.
Therefore, I refute any assumptions that entail perceptions having viewed this conversation as for political point scoring, mudslinging, selfish agendas, mere negative criticisms, or either for personal egos.
This constitutional office shares the common view that peace is pivotal for nation building, hence the need to critically assess, analyse and give guidance for appropriate and practical implementation, because failure can have serious defects to our socio-economic development in Solomon Islands.
All in all, truth must prevail, if true and lasting peace would ever grace our shore.
I hope this statement is clear in rectifying the assumptions made by the two writers.
REDLEY S. RARAMO
Secretary to the Parliamentary Independent Group