Politics Archive December 2019

Dorothy Wickham (fourth from left) with a delegation of Solomon Islands’ journalists and media representatives on their tour of China in December.

Journalist Writes About Lessons From Trip to China

After the Solomon Islands switched allegiance to China, it took journalists on a ‘look and learn’ tour to mainland China. Dorothy Wickham, a seasoned journalist, was part of the delegation. She writes about her experience, and observations made during that trip.
Ms. Lilly Maefai will today take her Oath at the National Parliament House.

New Member of Parliament to Take Oath Today

The newly elected Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for East Makira will today take her Oath in Parliament.
For the first time in History, Solomon Islands now has 3 women in Parliament.

East Makira By-Election Makes History

Ms. Lillian Maefai registered a historic by-election win in the East Makira constituency, becoming the third woman to be elected to the current Solomoon Islands parliament and setting a new record for women's representation in the 50 member house.
Lilly Maefai Wins East Makira Bye Election

Lilly Maefai Wins East Makira Bye Election

The wife of late Charles Maefai has won the East Makira Constituency seat following Wednesday's bye-election.
Some residents of Kukson and Nikamuroo villages and Benyamina islet told Amnesty International that they are concerned about the possible impacts from mining on fishing and sea-weed farming from mine run-off or disturbances to fresh groundwater discharges into the sea.

Minister of Mines Should Meet Directly with Local Communities Over Mining Concerns: Amnesty International

The Solomon Islands Minister of the Environment should conduct face-to-face consultations with local communities on Wagina Island to hear their concerns before deciding the fate of a proposed open-cast bauxite mine there, Amnesty International said today.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged people everywhere to continue to work on innovative solutions to win the battle against corruption and to ensure that precious resources serve the peoples of the world.

Hundreds March in Honiara Against Corruption

Solomon Islands celebrated/commemorated the International Anti-corruption Day yesterday, under the theme: ‘United Against Corruption’, with hundreds of people from all walks of life, participating in the march through Mendana Highway, as a show of solidarity against corruption.
Axiom had its foreign investment licence cancelled by the Solomon Islands government in October this year and has been told that its expatriate workers were no longer able to stay in the country.

News Report Expose Past Dealings by Djokovic

The Australian newspaper reports that the Prime Minister’s chief of staff (prior to his appointment in October 2016) had sought payments from Axiom to smooth over problems with the government at the time.
Solomon Islands Red Cross Society Appoints New Health Manager

Solomon Islands Red Cross Society Appoints New Health Manager

Solomon Islands Red Cross Society now has a new Health Manager, she is Joanna Ramorii Tatalu. Mrs. Tatalu hails from north Malaita in Malaita Province.
Police Identify Seven Men Behind MP's Home Attack

Police Identify Seven Men Behind MP's Home Attack

Investigators of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Naha Police Station are investigating an attack on the home of the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Malaita who is residing in East Honiara.
Outgoing Police Commissioner Varley handed the ‘sword’ over to Acting Commissioner of Police, Mostyn Mangau.

Solomon Islands Farewells 13th Commissioner of Police

Solomon Islands has farewelled the 13th Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Matthew Varley, MBE during a ceremony at the Rove Police Headquarters on Friday 29th November 2019.
Mr. Howard Lawry, Public Solicitor (right) discusses with Andie Driu, Prosecution Advisor of Police Prosecutions Department RSIPF.

Enabling Access to Justice in Solomon Islands

Fifty members of the justice sector (30 women and 20 men) participated in a workshop to discuss implementation of the Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project over the next two years.