Wednesday, 13 October 2010 8:03 AM

Maelanga Calls for Sensitivity on Guadalcanal Land Issues

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga today calls on people for sensitivity and fairness when commenting on land issues on Guadalcanal.

Hon Maelanga, who is currently the Acting Prime Minister, made the call in view of recent media comments made by certain individuals that has the potential to trigger resentment by Guadalcanal people.

Last week, a local newspaper carried individual comments in relation to a legal land battle between former Guadalcanal MP Nollen Leni and Levers Solomons Limited (LSL) which angered some Guadalcanal people.

He said justice was in favor of the company and company owners must be mindful of public comments against Mr Leni and more generally the people of Guadalcanal.

Mr Maelanga said land dealings on Guadalcanal was one of the core issues that triggered resentment by Guadalcanal people which subsequently led to ethnic tensions that gripped the country 9 years ago.

"As a national leader, I wish to encourage individuals to be mindful of public comments, particular on land issues on Guadalcanal".

"Anti Guadalcanal comments has the potential to stir trouble which is not in the best interest of this nation," Mr Maelanga said.

He added that government is putting a lot of effort in sorting out land disputes on Guadalcanal and it is crucial that individuals must not disrupt the process with sensitive and unfair comments in the media.

Hon Maelanga further stressed that it is important that people respect the judiciary and at the same time honor the customs of Guadalcanal people as government is trying to redirect the way forward for Solomon Islands.