Politics Archive November 2009

Chief Superintendent Nela Mosese said if these weapons had not been detected, they could have been used to cause great danger to players and the public.

Police Seize Weapons at Solomon Cup Soccer Finals

Police seized a large number of weapons during the recent Telekom Solomon Cup Soccer Tournament finals at Lawson Tama on Wednesday and Saturday.
Inside the parliamentary chambers, where debate will resume today.

Boyers Camp Continues Stance against Integrity Bill

Peter Boyers, MP for West New Georgia/Vona Vona, Western Province, and several prominent parliamentarians are in a last minute attempt to defeat the Integrity Bill.
Sikua said the people have spoken and urged parliamentarians to support the bill in honour of the people they represent.

PM Appeals for Support

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has appealed to his fellow parliamentarians to vote in support of the constitutional political parties' integrity bill.
Ambassador Taylor says every country is going to act within its own interest and he expects Solomon Islands will do the same.

US Diplomat Speaks on Iranian Funding Saga

The US ambassador to Solomon Islands, Teddy Taylor, says the decision by Solomon Islands to send its medical students to Cuba and to acquire funds from Iran is their business.
Mr Avui says SIPEU has not tendered a proper notice for todays planned strike action, and it would be illegal for them to rely on the last strike notice they issued.

Avui Appeals to Public Officers

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Public Service, Ishmael Avui, has appealed to government workers to refrain from taking part in todays strike action as it would be illegal for public officers to go on strike without proper notice.

Israeli Official Visits Solomon Islands Seeking Answers

An Israeli foreign ministry official is arriving in Honiara to seek an explanation as to why Solomon Islands became the only country in Oceania to vote at the UN for the Goldstone report condemning Israel's assault on Gaza.

Community Governments Should be Explored: PM

The Prime Minister says the way communities in the country have been governed under traditional leadership must be recognized.

Kemakeza Takes Oath in Parliament

The Savo-Russell's MP, Sir Allan Kemakeza, took his oath of allegiance in Parliament amidst claims that it was unconstitutional.

25 year old Man Arrested for Murder

Police have arrested a 25 year old man from Northeast Guadalcanal in relation to the Ngorou murder incident in November 2001.

Kemakeza Should Not Be Sworn In: Losing Candidates

Four losing candidates in the recent Savo-Russell Constituency bye-election have asked the Speaker of Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea, not to allow winner of the election, Sir Allan Kemakeza, to take the Oath today when Parliament resumes.
Mr Keniapasia questions why Nori had not presented his views during consultations on the proposed reforms in Honiara.

Keniapasia Accuses Nori of Sabotaging Reforms

Special Secretary to Prime Minister, John Keniapasia, has accused Honiara lawyer Andrew Nori of engaging in a campaign to sabotage government's political reforms.
Dr Sikua says an Auditor General's report on Corruption in Solomon Islands Government showed that about 433 million dollars was either loss of revenue or malpractice.

Approx 400 Million Lost Through Malpractice: PM

Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has said the government has lost an estimated 400 million dollars through carelessness and malpractice in government Ministries.
Mr Sore says after two years of negotiation for green house gas reduction - small islands states had achieved nothing but deadlock.

Solomon Islands Makes Strong Statement on Climate Change

Solomon Islands has issued strong opposition to reports that certain developed countries who are parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, are scaling back from a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal they hope to reach at Copenhagen next month.
The 50 youth MP's debated on a bill that proposes to reduce the legal voting age from eighteen years to sixteen.

Youths Debate Legal Voting Age in First Sitting

The Inaugural National Youth Parliament started its first parliament meeting yesterday morning in the chambers of the National Parliament house.
This is a move away from the tradition of moving no confidence motions for the removal of a prime minister within the Legislature.

Integrity Bill Gives Considerable Powers to Political Parties

The Political Party Integrity Bill, which government is taking to Parliament when it meets on November 12, proposes to vest powers to remove a prime minister in the ruling parties.
The  Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Electoral Commission, the Right Hon Sir Peter Kenilorea, officially opens Parliament Open Day 2009.

Democracy and People Win at Parliament Open Day

More than 10,000 people filled National Parliament yesterday to learn more about their vote, their voice and how their democratic system of government works.

PM Warns Public Servants to Stay Out of Public Debates

Prime Minister Dr Derick Sikua has warned public servants to stay out of political debates.
Kokili says the legal question surrounding Sir Allan's candidacy have put undue pressure on the voters of Savo-Russells.

Petition To Be Lodged Against Kemakeza

The runner-up candidate in last week's bye-election for Savo-Russells constituency has confirmed plans to file a High Court petition against the election victory of Sir Allan Kemakeza as Member of Parliament.
Support from people of all walks of life help identify corrupt practices.

Taskforce Continues Fight against Corruption

The Government's Anti-Corruption taskforce is stepping up on its work against corruption - with an appeal to community leaders and people to come forward with their experiences with corruption in politics and in public services.

Lawyers Advised That I Could Contest: Kemakeza

Re-elected MP for the Savo-Russells constituency, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has defended his triumphant return to politics amidst allegations he was not eligible to contest last week's bye-election.
The youth parliament program includes a three-day workshop and a meeting at the National Parliament house later this week.

Sir Peter Opens Inaugural Youth Parliament

Speaker of National Parliament, Sir Peter Kenilorea has challenged youth parliamentarians of the inaugural National Youth Parliament to take the helm of political service and leadership of the country.
Mr Panga says land on Guadalcanal is, "very sensitive to the people and it has been the main catalyst behind the social unrest experienced in the country."

Land Issue Must Be Settled: GP Premier Panga

Guadalcanal premier, Steven Panga, says there will be no meaningful reconciliation on Guadalcanal until the land dealings on the island are sorted out.
Sir Allan Kemakeza has won the Savo- Russell's by-election by 1,654 votes, Reginald Kokili came second with 957 votes.

Kemakeza Wins By-Election

Sir Allan Kemakeza has won the Savo- Russell's by-election by 1,654 votes, Reginald Kokili came second with 957 votes. 154 votes were rejected where ballot papers could not be counted because they were not correctly completed.