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PAP Executive endorses Hon Tran’s efforts to resolve dispute

Hon Namson Tran

THE People’s Alliance Party Executive has acknowledged the efforts by the Member of Parliament for West Honiara, Namson Tran to find a resolution to a dispute between residents/settlers and Hatanga over lands at Independence Valley, West Honiara.

The PAP Executive meeting in Honiara at the weekend agreed that Mr Tran’s efforts to find a resolution to the dispute should be acknowledged because he is moving in the right direction.

A party media statement said as the people involved in the dispute are Solomon Islanders, Mr Tran is doing the right thing by helping in the efforts to secure an amicable solution.

The dispute which erupted three week ago following a High Court eviction order that authorised Hatanga to move residents/settlers out from plots of lands it has claims over.

One house was torched, a man was wounded and members of the Police Force have been stationed there to avert further problems following the incident.

The People’s Alliance Party media statement says Mr Tran who is Deputy Chairman of Government Caucus is one of nine Alliance MPs serving the ruling Democratic Coalition for Change Government led by Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

The other PAP MPs are Milner Tozaka, the Parliamentary Wing Leader and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (North Vella la Vella), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, Manasseh Maelanga (East Malaita), Minister of Forestry, Chris Laore (Shortlands), Provincial Government Minister, David Tome (Baegu-Asifola), Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration Minister, Elijah Doro Muala (South Choiseul), Minister of Infrastructure Development, Jimmy Lusiibaea (North Malaita), Minister of Women, Youth and Family Affairs, Fred Tuki (Temotu VATUD) and Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee, Silas Tausigna Vagara (West New Georgia/Vona Vona).