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…

SI MPs could keep tax free salaries

SOLOMON Island MPs may yet keep their tax free salaries if an appeal against a court ruling declaring them illegal is successful. The Solomon Islands Parliamentary Entitlement Commission has filed the appeal which will most likely be heard at the next sitting of the appeal court in October. One of the claimants of the original…

‘Gov’t to replace SIPA board’

RESIGNED Minister for Infrastructure development has decided to retain the Infrastructure Development portfolio but under one condition. The North Malaita MP Jimmy Lusibaea wanted the entire SIPA board replaced. Solomon Star reports: “A well placed source in the government confirmed a meeting between the Prime Minister and Mr Lusibaea on Tuesday this week to sort…

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…

Gov’t terminates agreement with skyline group

THE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Solomon Islands Government and the Skyline Investment Group of Companies which was sealed on 7 August 2015 has now been cancelled. Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) Andrew Muaki said the MOU was terminated this week. The news was already communicated to the Director of Skyline Investment…

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…

Axing has nothing to do with DPM

THE termination of two former Political Appointees from the Prime Minister’s Office has nothing to do with the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga as suggested by the Leader of the Independent Group Dr Derek Sikua. Dr Sikua alleged that Mr Maelanga in the absence of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week has influenced the termination of the former…

OPMC hits back at Opposition

Skyline brief is intelligence matter, Opposition breached protocol The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has condemned in the strongest terms the actions of the Parliamentary Opposition who have seen it fit to publish highly classified intelligence matters in the media without proper clearance. An article carried on today’s Island Sun newspaper titled…

PM defies police advice on Skyline: Opposition

THE Prime Minister has defied the advice from the Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast not to deal with Skyline Investment Group of Companies Limited, the Parliamentary Opposition revealed. In a statement today, the Opposition Group says according to leaked documents obtained by its office, the Prime Minister was advised that Skyline was a hoax company but…

PM’s response deceiving: Opposition

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has hit back at the Prime Minister describing his response regarding his connections with Nazar Company as ‘deceiving’. In a statement today, the Opposition Group says the Prime Minister’s response is childish, shallow and does not hold any truth at all. “The response by the Prime Minister is not only deceitful…

Sogavare protects Nazar Group: Opposition

PM claims arrangement done through his wife THE Parliamentary Opposition has released a document showing the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s personal interest with Nazar Group of Companies Limited. The Opposition says a letter written by the owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sukru Cebi on 29th September this year, shows that Mr Cebi has a…