Tuesday, 2 December 2008 10:18 AM

Parliamentarians and Police Help to Restore Peace in Kakabona

Senior officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) met at Police Headquarters yesterday with members of Parliament, family representatives and community leaders to negotiate a peaceful resolution after an incident at Kakabona last night.

The Member of Parliament for North West Guadalcanal, the Hon. Sirako Usa, Member of Parliament for Central Honiara, the Hon. Nelse Ne'e, family representatives and community leaders came together to talk about the incident and provide peaceful reconciliation.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Johnson Siapu, said the negotiations went well and is pleased with the outcome.

"Today we held a meeting between all the parties involved in the isolated incident last night at Kakabona. The incident was not related to any former problems in the Kakabona area. It was simply an incident between two men that quickly escalated and others became involved.

"I am pleased to say that the meeting was a success and some peaceful reconciliation has occurred. I would like to thank the Hon. Sirako Usa and Hon. Nelse Ne'e for their involvement in today's reconciliation. It showed true leadership by these men to come and assist in making a peaceful resolution," he said.

Last night, an altercation between two men escalated and a number of road blocks were set up and rocks thrown in the Kakabona area.

The incident occurred after a man allegedly used bad language towards the driver of a vehicle that nearly collided with his child. The driver of the vehicle and the other man began to fight and one man was subsequently stabbed.

A large number of people gathered in the area and the situation was tense before police arrived.

The RSIP Police Response Team, a number of other patrols and senior officers attended the area last night and met with community leaders from Honiara and Kakabona. Although support from RAMSI's Participating Police Force was available, it was not used.

Police removed the road blocks and organised a peaceful resolution between the two parties.

One man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the stabbing.

The police investigation into the incident continues.

Press Release (Police Media)