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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017


Revenue sharing cannot be done yet

THE suggestion on the immediate implementation of revenue sharing through the proposed Federal System of Governance will not be considered just yet. This is according to the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare. He made the statement in his winding up statement on the sine die motion he moved in Parliament last week. The suggestion, he added, was picked straight out of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) Policy Statement and the suggestion was that the country should not wait for the Federal System. “We cannot just move through theRead More

Motions adopted by Parliament not treated lightly

THE Government has assured that motions adopted by Parliament will not be treated lightly. The Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare made the assurance on the floor of Parliament when delivering his wind up statement on the sine die motion he moved last week to have Parliament stand adjourned with no specified date of reconvening. Parliament has seen two (2) motions so far. One was moved by the Leader of the Independent Group Hon Dr Derek Sikua to create a formula to transparent and fair distribution of Constituency Development Funds (CDF)Read More

Legal minimum wages long overdue: Hon Ete

MEMBER of Parliament for East Honiara says the Legal Minimum Wages rate is long overdue. Speaking in Questions and Answers during the Fifth meeting of Tenth Parliament, Hon Douglas Ete said the disparity between current minimum wages rate and general price inflation are miles apart. He said price inflation has continued to rise over the past ten years while the legal minimum wages rate remains stagnant giving a major blow to employees in coping with purchasing power on a daily basis. “Purchasing power have been very weak because it’s nowRead More

Hon Mewa wants Lata airport upgraded

MEMBER of Parliament for Temotu Nende has called on the government to upgrade Lata domestic Airport. Hon Commins Aston Mewa said upgrading of Lata domestic Airstrip is immediate and important in order to serve the people of Temotu and boost economic activities within the province. He said Temotu Province is capable of assisting the economic growth of Solomon Islands as such there must be funds allocated to development the province’s needed infrastructures. Hon Mewa said prioritisation of development in Temotu province will boost the country’s economy as well as theRead More

Govt takes serious note of issues raised in Parliament

THE Government has strongly indicated that they have not lost focus or ignored issues both current and outstanding raised on the floor of Parliament during the sine die motion moved in Parliament last week by Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare. Prime Minister Sogavare made the statement when delivering his wind up statement on the sine die motion he moved to have Parliament stand adjourned sine die. “The motion attracted a lively debate and it has always been the case the sine die motion provides Members of Parliament to provide aRead More

Police close in on MPs facing alleged corruption charges

  THE long arm of the law appears to be closing in on Members of Parliament accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in Constituency grants over the years. Informed sources told Island Sun on condition of anonymity that a special police anti-corruption taskforce from the National Criminal Investigation Division has completed its investigations of at least five MPs, including senior government ministers. These MPs included the MP for Baegu-Asifola and Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening, Hon David Tome, who was arrested and charged two weeks ago.Read More

SIPA’s Hilux hits wrong end

Kwaso found in cabin as driver & passengers flee scene   THREE people have escaped a near-fatal crash when a Toyota Hilux they were travelling in veered off the road and plunged into the SMI fence at Town Ground, at around 4pm yesterday. The Toyota Hilux with the registered number MA 4510 involved in the crash is believed to be owned by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). Had it not Witnesses say if it had not been for the fence, the vehicle would have hit the concrete power poleRead More

Former police financial controller to enter plea today

CASE against a former financial controller within the Ministry of Police will appear again in court today. The appearance today is for the accused to be arraigned. The former senior government officer was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $800,000 of public funds through dishonest tender processes. Steven Jude Otto faces 11 counts of official corruption Prosecution allege that Mr Oto was the first public officer to have been arrested by the Taskforce Janus, he was the Financial Controller within the Ministry of Police and Correctional Services as well asRead More

Dugong sold to a Chinese business raises query over marine conservation laws

AN incident of a dugong killed on Saturday and sold to a Chinese business in Gizo is raising queries over the Marine Conservation laws of Solomon Islands. Indigenous locals from Western Province are questioning why there has been no arrest done over such practice as they understand that it is against the Marine laws to catch and kill dugongs as they are an endangered species. According to concerned locals, it is the Gizo Marine Conservation and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Western Province who should be doing their job toRead More

Two deaths at LGZ building

RSIPF are currently investigating the suspicious deaths of a male and female of Asian descent at the LGZ building premises, Town Ground. The bodies of the two persons were located by police this morning after receiving a report from a security guard from the building. Investigations into this matter are in the early stages and the RSIPF are dedicating numerous resources to this investigation. At this early stage the relationship of the two people is unknown and no suspects have been identified. Police are urging any person who may haveRead More