Politics Archive August 2012

Jimmy Lusibaea, says he does not trust the International media to interview his wife, Mrs Vika Lusibaea.

MP Lusibaea Inaccessible to International Media

Jimmy Lusibaea, the former Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for North Malaita says he will not allow his wife to speak to the international media.
Projects ranged from USD$5,000 to as much as USD$60,000 with several projects awarded directly to spouses and family members of current and former MPs.

MPs Accused of Diverting Tourism Funds

Solomon Islands MPs have been accused of diverting public funds meant for tourism projects.

RAMSI Transition is Task Bound: Forau

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Clay Forau has re-echoed sentiments about RAMSI's transition being task bound and not time bound.

Supporters Defend Vika

Supporters of the newly elected MP for North Malaita, Vika Lusibaea, are defending her election win, describing it as "the choice of the people."

Councilors Resign in Protest

Five Councilors of the Honiara City Council Executive have resigned from the Maeoli-led government.
It was a big victory for Mrs Lusibaea, who polled 2802 votes ahead of the second candidate Fredrick Kwanairara with 901 votes.

Mixed Reaction to Women MP

A prominent women's leader in Solomon Islands says there has been a mixed reaction to the election of only the second woman MP in the country's history and the current parliament's sole woman representative.

Moti Case Sets International Precedent for Wikileaks

Former attorney-general of the Solomon Islands, Julian Moti, has given instructions to his Port Moresby lawyer, Peter Pena, to lodge a substantial claim for compensation against the state of Papua New Guinea within the next few weeks.
Lilo says he expects some form of help from the region, even when the military component ends.

PM Lilo Speaks on Post RAMSI

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the country will still need assistance even after the RAMSI mission comes to an end.
PM Lilo during his bilateral talks with Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

PM Gillard Welcomes PM Lilo

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed her counterpart from the Solomon Islands at an official Parliament House ceremony.
The Opposition Leader, Dr Sikua says this country deserves better from highly paid advisers contracted by the government to advance its policy objectives.

Dr Sikua Calls for Sacking of Advisor

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Dr Derek Sikua, has called for the termination of the Commercial Advisor within the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Prime Minister's Office explained that the visit by the spouses of Government Minister's to Fiji was a private trip and was solely funded by the women.

PMO Denies Funding Shopping Trip

The Solomon Islands Lilo-led Government has denied spending tax payers money on the recent shopping trip of Government Minister's wives to Fiji.

Lilo Refutes Cleaning Contract Claims

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has refuted allegations by the Opposition Leader that he had influenced the outcome of the contracts for the cleaning of the airport.

Governor General Congratulates New Parlimentarians

The Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui has congratulated the new MP-elects for East Are and North Malaita constituencies, saying that he wishes them well for their term in parliament.

Prime Minister Urged to Convene Parliament

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Hon. Derek Sikua has again called on Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo to respect the rights of Solomon Islands citizens and convene Parliament urgently.

Second Female Enters Parliament

Mrs Vika Lusibaea, the newly elected Member of Parliament for North Malaita will go down in history as the second women to have entered the Solomon Islands Parliament.

"Breadfruit" Incidents an Embarrasement

The Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Dr Derek Sikua has described the 'breadfruit' saga of government-sponsored students at Fiji's University of South Pacific as 'embarrassing and demoralizing'.

Bye-elections Close Peacefully

Voting in East Are'Are and North Malaita Constituencies bye-elections have closed with reports of peaceful and smooth voting at most polling stations.