Politics Archive August 2007

PM Lodges Complaint Against Vanuatu Court Registrar

Manasseh Sogavare stated during the sine dire motion last week that he will lodge an official complaint, to the Vanuatu government, over the conduct of its Supreme Court Acting Registrar.

PM Apologizes to Speaker of Parliament

The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has apologized for asking the Speaker of Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, to leave the chambers during a recent debate in Parliament.

Sogavare Rejects Claims by Kemakeza on GG's Office

The Prime Minister has flatly rejected a claim he intends to appoint the present chairman of the Public Service Commission, Edmund Andresen, as the country's next Governor General (GG).

Khan's Statements Misleading: McDermott

Allegations raised that RAMSI is deploying extra troops and police without first consulting the Solomon Islands Police Commissioner is said to be "simply not true".

Moti Questions Legality of RAMSI

Solomon Islands Attorney-General, Julian Moti, has raised a number of questions relating to the legality of RAMSI and its compliance with applicable laws of Solomon Islands.

Constitutional Congress Host Successful Induction

The Constitutional Congress and the Elders Advisory Group have completed a very successful week long induction in Honiara.

Police Commissioner Intervenes in Arrest

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Jahir Khan, is claimed to have intervened in an attempt by Honiara Police to arrest and charge Commerce and Employment Minister, Peter Shanel.

Boyers Seeks SBD$10 Million Compensation

Member of Parliament for West New Georgia/Vona Vona, in the Western Province, moved a private motion in Parliament seeking SBD$ 10 Million compensation for the residents of Munda.

Government Establishes New Policy Unit

The establishment of a new Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister has been approved.

Kwanairara Clarifies Letter to Ex-Militants

Member of Parliament for North Malaita, Enele Kwanairara, confirms writing a letter to ex-militants in relation to the raid of the police armoury in 2000.

Letter to Ex-Militant Distributed in Parliament

A letter, alleged to be written by Enele Kwanairara to two prison inmates seeking information on the raid of the police armory in June 2000, has been distributed to MPs in parliament.

Government Increases Ministries to 24

Parliament has passed the Ministers Prescription Amendment Bill 2007. The Bill sought parliamentary approval to increase the number of ministers to 23 instead of the current 20.

Former Militants Used by Opposition, says Dausabea

The Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Charles Dausabea, accuses the Parliamentary Opposition for fabrication of information against himself and the Prime Minister.

Khan Denies 'Carrying Out' Sogavare's Orders

Police Commissioner Jahir Khan says that it is "absolutely wrong," for Opposition Leader Fred Fono to claim that his arrest, along with two others, was a directive from the Prime Minister.

No Confidence Motion Ruled Out

The second motion of no confidence, filed by Small Malaita MP William Haomae, has been ruled out of order by Speaker of the National Parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea.

Opposition Leader Faces Charges

A Name Suppression Order by the defense against naming three Solomon Islanders arrested for allegedly bribing a Member of Parliament has been lifted.

Speaker Checks Legality of No-Confidence Motion

A second motion of no confidence notice filed by the Opposition "could be out of order".

Haomae Moves another No Confidence Motion

The Opposition has moved another motion of No Confidence on the Prime Minister despite the summoning to court of the mover of the first motion Edward Huni'ehu and the Speaker of Parliament.

Huni'ehu Withdraws Motion of No Confidence

The motion of No Confidence on the Prime Minister has been withdrawn by the mover of the motion, Edward Huni'ehu, amidst high political drama in the parliamentary chambers.

Youth Minister Urges Calm Ahead of Motion

Youth Minister urges young people in Honiara to refrain from actions that would cause trouble to themselves.

Court of Appeal Dismisses Afeau's Case

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by former Attorney-General, Primo Afeau, who was terminated from the post last year.

Sogavare Faces Motion of No Confidence Today

Tensions are high in Honiara as the Prime Minister, in less then one and a half years in power, faces up to yet another motion of No Confidence - the second since he came to power.

Security Boost Ahead of No Confidence Motion

More troops from New Zealand and Tonga are in the country ahead of the Opposition's No Confidence Motion tomorrow.

Minister Lilo Presents Supplementary Budget

The Minister of Finance, Gordon Darcy Lilo, yesterday presented in Parliament a supplementary budget of more than 82-point-seven million dollars.

PM Seeks Court Ruling on Impending Motion

The Prime Minister has served a summons on the intending mover of a no confidence motion in the Prime Minister, East Are'are MP Edward Huni'ehu and Speaker of Parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea.

PM Pose 666 Questions to Australian Federal DPP

Manasseh Sogavare yesterday tabled in Parliament a questionnaire containing 666 questions addressed to the Australian Federal Director of Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg QC.

Speaker Overrules Point of Order on Moti

The Speaker of the National Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, yesterday ruled that Attorney-General, Julian Moti, should be present at parliament meetings as legal advisor to government.

Parliamentary Opposition Member Charged

A Parliamentary Opposition member is among three men charged for conspiracy for unlawful purpose.

Parliament Convenes Today, Motion on Friday

The Solomon Islands National Parliament will convene today in what is expected to be a week of intense lobbying and political maneuvering for the upcoming motion on Friday.

Government Deplores Attack on Diplomatic Vehicle

The Solomon Islands Government condemns in the strongest term the "deplorable actions" against the official car of the Ambassador of the Republic of China to Solomon Islands, George Chan.

Hooton Ignorant of Australian Law, says Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has dismissed claims made by the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Peter Hooton, that Moti will face trial if extradited to Australia.

Australian High Commissioner Clarifies Media Reports

The High Commissioner of Australia, Peter Hooton, stated that an article, published in one of the daily papers in Solomon Islands contained a number of inaccurate statements.

Hooton Clarifies Canberra's Position on Moti

The Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Peter Hooton, made a formal statement clarifying certain reports carried by a daily newspaper in Honiara.

Women Call for Suspension of Logging License

Women of Western Province are calling for the suspension of logging license of the company whose security officers attacked six women from Vella La Vella.

PM Speaks Out Against Civil Society Letter

Manasseh Sogavare has condemned Civil Society Groups for a letter demanding the termination of Attorney General Julian Moti and Commissioner of the Solomon Islands Police Jahir Khan.

Motion will Plant 'Seed of Truth', says Huni'ehu

The Parliamentary Opposition camp reveals intention of moving a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in the next sitting of Parliament.

Bartlett Acquitted of all Charges

The Solomon Islands High Court yesterday acquitted private businessman and former parliamentarian, Alex Bartlett, on all charges relating to the April riots in Honiara last year.