PM Sogavare welcomes call for “ghost companies” probe

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledged the call by the Parliamentary Opposition Group for the government to investigate ‘ghost companies’ which it claims embezzled millions of dollars from the state coffers. The Opposition in a statement issued yesterday, Wednesday 18th May, said it is aware of serious allegations of ghost companies established by middle-people…

Opposition applauds gov’t on the launching of NDS

THE Parliamentary Opposition has applauded the Government on the launching of the National Development Strategic (NDS) 2016- 2035. The NDS was launched on Friday 29th April by the Prime Minister. In a statement today, the Opposition says the NDS is an important piece of document that provides the framework for planning and sustaining development going…

Lusibaea reinstated as MID minister

THE Member of Parliament for North Malaita, Hon Jimmy Lusibaea has been reinstated this morning as Minister for Infrastructure Development (MID). Hon Lusibaea took his oath of office and allegiance again as the Minister for Infrastructure Development before the Governor General, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui at the Government House this morning. Hon Lusibaea’s reinstatement ceremony…

OPMC refutes bill withdrawal claim

THE Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has repudiated today’s Island Sun headline news claiming the Democratic Coalition for Change Government has withdrawn the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016. “It is important for the media to understand the due Parliament process that once a bill is set down in the Order Paper, it can never…

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…

MID minister resigns from gov’t

MINISTER of Infrastructure Development (MID) Jimmy Lusibaea has resigned from the current ruling Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week. Solomon Star reported that Mr Lusibaea the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Malaita tendered his resignation last Friday. A copy of the letter was cited by this…

DCCG solidarity threatens

SIPA Board sacking has potential of bringing down gov’t THE sacking of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Board chairman, Billy Titiulu and a Board member, businessman Johnny Sy, have the potential of bringing down the DCC Government, it was warned today. “It has thrown the pigeons among the cats,” sources said. “The fact that the…

PM reiterates commitment to strengthen gender equality

PRIME Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to support and strengthen gender equality through the elimination of gender based violence and child abuse. Speaking at the official launching of the Family Protection Act (FPA) Friday last week, Mr Sogavare said domestic violence is a human rights problem that affects personal…

Veke is back as GP new premier

Anthony Veke, provincial member for Tangarare Ward has elected as Premier for Guadalcanal Province. He replaced Bartholomew Vavanga who was ousted in a no confidence motion, and outnumbered his colleague contestant, Rolland Seleso by twelve to nine at a secret ballot box yesterday. Veke who has held the Premier’s position a few times already with…

PM urges SI envoys to show national interest

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has urged the heads of Solomon Islands foreign missions of keeping within the confines of their crucial role of representing the interest of the government and people of Solomon Islands. He made the reminder when opening the three-day Solomon Islands Heads of Missions and National Stakeholders’ Consultation in Honiara this…

Gov’t terminates MOU with Nazar

THE Office of the Prime Minister has terminated a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Solomon Islands Government and the Nazar Group of Companies and Nazar Gold (SI) Ltd. The MOU was signed by the former Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Rence Sore, on behalf of the Government and the Directors of both Companies in April 2015.…

Algerian envoy meets acting PM

ALGERIAN Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Abdelaziz Lahiouel has paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga yesterday. Solomon Islands and Algeria has established diplomatic relations since 2012. Acting Prime Minister Maelanga welcomed Ambassador Lahiouel and congratulated him for his appointment. The two leaders discussed issues of common interest to both countries and…