Gov’t dismisses rumour of renewed ethnic tension

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) has dismissed rumours of renewed ethnic tensions between Guadalcanal and Malaita Provinces.

The Government instead has called on groups and individuals to respect the ongoing peace building initiatives currently implemented by the Government and other stakeholders to restore lasting peace in the country.

Government Authorities were made aware in the past few days that certain groups and individuals within the community were spreading rumours on renewed tensions which has caused unnecessary fear and instability in communities.

National Consultant for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the Prime Minister’s Office, Caroline Laore says recent government funded-workshops were held as part of the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of the former combatants of the Solomon Islands Post Conflict Rehabilitation Restoration Association (SIPCRRA).

She said the DCCG, through the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) has set new directions for Peace building and Reconciliation through psychological dimensions and micro-enterprise entrepreneurs.

The Objective for the programmes is to heal, reconcile, restore and transform the former combatants into useful human resources for socio-economic participation and development.

“We need to pull down the walls that divide, heal the trauma, restore human dignity and harness peace building through reconciliation and non-violent process,” Ms Laore said.

Last week, Government Officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace held a series of Peace building workshops with former combatants.

The workshops include psycho-social rehabilitation through Trauma Healing, Mindset Transformation for character reformation and positive change, conflict resolution for community development, Livelihood training for capacity building and development and micro enterprises for socio economic growth and development.

This rehabilitation and reintegration programme for former combatants through SIPCRRA is an important undertaking which is expected to be completed by May 2017.

Source: GCU Press