Politics Archive April 2013

FSII Concerned over Unofficial Release of TRC Report

The chief executive of Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) is asking who will be liable for the consequences of the leaking of a report into ethnic tensions quelled by international military intervention a decade ago.
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo last night warned that “the Government will not be liable for damages or any consequential effects from the illegal release of the report.”

Government Disappointed Over Unofficial Release of TRC Report

The Government has expressed disappointment over the unofficial release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) by the editor, Fr Terry Brown.
"The process of the TRC is guided by the TRC Act and any release of the final report should be a decision for the parliament to make."

TRC Had No Part in Release of Report: Ata

Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Fr Sam Ata, says that the release of the TRC Final Report is done “without the knowledge of the commission and is a breach of the TRC Act.”
Late Walter Nalangu was the Editor in Chief of News and Current Affairs at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC).

MASI Mourns Death of Vice President

The Executive and Members of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has mourned the unexpected passing away of the Association’s Vice President, the late Walter Nalangu.
Fr Brown says that he is convinced that the TRC Report, as an exercise in truth telling, painful as the recollection may sometimes be, will help bring about the lasting justice, peace, reconciliation and unity that Solomon Islands so badly needs.

TRC Report Made Public Unofficially

The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has been released unofficially by the editor of the report, The Rt. Rev Dr. Terry M. Brown.
The new biometric system will utilize photography and fingerprinting to improve the accuracy and integrity of the voters list.

New Voters List for 2014

The Solomon Islands will have a brand new Voters List for the 2014 Elections thanks to an electoral provisions amendment bill passed in the March sitting of Parliament.
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo made the announcement during a meeting with Britain’s Minister of State Mr Hugo Swire in Honiara.

Solomon Islands Keen to Bolster Relations with Britain

Solomon Islands are keen to bolster its relationship with Great Britain after 35 years of Independence.

Solomon Islands Embassy and Students in Taiwan Raise Funds for Tsunami Victims

The Solomon Islands Embassy in Taipei (ROC) together with the Solomon Islands Students Association (SISAT) received cash donation of around SB$73,000 and boxes of brand new and second hand clothes, blankets, shoes and toys on the 18th of April from the Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) in Kaohsiung, South Taiwan.
"The 17 MPs should be named to ensure that those MPs who have provided acquittals to Taiwan do not fall under undue public criticisms," stated one commentator.

Government Accused of Allocating Money for RCDF Shortfalls

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) has accused the Government of behaving irresponsibly with its budget.

Former PM to Speak on MSG Beginnings

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister has been given the honor to speak about the humble beginnings of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) after 25 years of the organisations inception during the upcoming MSG Silver Jubilee Celebration in Honiara next week.

Teachers Back in Class

Teachers in the Solomon Islands have returned to work after settling their ongoing pay dispute with the government.
Media reports say the increases include SB$400,000 terminal grant on completion of a four year term next year, an increase from SB$100,000 dollars.

Outrage Over MPs Entitlement Increase

There is outrage over the four fold increase in entitlements to members of parliaments (MPs), many say it is untimely and unjustified.
A representative and spokesperson for Solomon Islands students presenting traditional gifts to the Fijian family during the ceremony on Sunday 14th April.

Reconciliation Held in Fiji Over Stabbing Incident

A reconciliation ceremony between Solomon Islands students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, and families of a Fijian involved in a stabbing incident on 10th March has averted ill feelings between the parties on Sunday 14th April.
PM Withdraws Pension Bill

PM Withdraws Pension Bill

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has withdrawn the Prime Minister's Pension and Benefits bill 2013 on the floor of parliament.

Youths Find Future in Food Production

With little more than a bush knife and an axe between them, a group of young Solomon Island boys between the ages of nine and 18 years have taken food security into their own hands.

Centers to Connect Government to People

The Solomon Island Government’s policy to build Economic Growth Centers (EGC) at strategic locations around the country is aimed at fostering meaningful engagement between the government and rural communities.

Government Committed to Quality Education

The Solomon Islands National Government stated that it is committed to ensuring all citizens have equal access to quality education.

New Zealand to Send Medical Team

New Zealand will also be supporting the Solomon Islands in the fight against Denghue by sending its medical staff to the Solomon Islands following the outbreak.
Solomon Airlines will use the temporary terminal until construction work is completed at the eastern end of the runway and the construction team opens the fully refurbished and expanded Munda runway.

Munda Opens Temporary Terminal

Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines has opened a temporary terminal in Munda as construction work continues on upgrading the Munda runway to international standards.
Samson Faisi says SINTA will call off the strike when the government fully address the re-leveling and arrears payment for all teachers.

Teacher's Issues Remain Unresolved

The Solomon Islands National Teachers Association is standing by its position that its members will go back to classes when the government pay off teacher's re-leveling and arrears.

Local Police Given Full Control Over Shortlands

The Solomon Islands Police have taken over the control of policing in the Shortland Islands following the withdrawal of RAMSI Participating Police Force from the Lofung Post.

World Bank Assist in Domestic Violence Fight

The World Bank and the Solomon Islands Government have signed a grant agreement to help improve services for those affected by gender-based violence.
Households throughout Honiara experience shortages of clean water for cooking, drinking and washing on a daily basis.

Water Shortages Raises Sanitation Concerns

The Solomon Islands, as a developing island nation, has one of the highest urbanisation rates in the region, and the basic service infrastructure is struggling to cater for the influx of people from the provinces to the capital, Honiara.
Minister Elijah Doro Muala at the Bali Conference on People Smugglers and Human Traffickers.

New Immigration Law Gets Tough on People Smuggling

Solomon Islands will soon criminalize People Smugglers and Human Traffickers once its new Immigration law is fully enforced.
National consultation that involved more than 1,200 people across the country’s nine provinces indicated that the top priority was education.

Post MDG Discussions Underway in Solomon Islands

Education, jobs, access to water and sanitation are among the priorities Solomon Islanders have told the United Nations Development Programme to focus on beyond the Millennium Development Goals.

Vietnamese Jailed in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands High Court has sentenced a Vietnamese national to four and a half years for unlawful wounding of a crew member of a fishing vessel.

Petition Against Development Fund Defeated

The petition against the Solomon Islands Government’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Bill 2013 was defeated in parliament last week after it was tabled and debated.

Communities Collaborate to Improve Sanitation

Solomon Islands Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Non Government Organizations have participated in a recent Community Led Total Sanitation (CTLS)to improve sanitation.
Because of the strike, parents are now suggesting that authorities be lenient with cut off marks for entry into national, secondary and community schools in 2014.

Teachers Strike Raises Concern

Members of the Solomon Islands Teachers Association, SINTA, across the country continue to remain on strike despite warnings issued by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development to resume classes.