Politics Archive May 2019

The side lined up for their first ever game on European soil.

Narrow Defeat in First International Friendly for Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands slip to a narrow defeat in opening game of their Netherlands tour.
Counting for the HTC elections took place at the multipurpose hall.

Honiara City Council Election Results Out

The Honiara city council has completed counting last night, results for the 11 wards were released progressively online.
It is understood from various sources that most of the petitions involves allegations of collusion between electoral officials and their preferred candidates.

High Court Rejects Petition Against Sogavare

The High Court has rejected a petition filed against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
 Hon. Jeremiah Manele, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade [centre] at the Solomon Islands Embassy in Brussels, with Trade Commissioner Mr Joseph Ma’ahanua and Ambassador Mose.

Foreign Minister Attends ACP - EU Joint Meetings in Brussels

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele (MP) is leading a Solomon Islands delegation to the 109th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific ( ACP) Council of Ministers and the 44th Session of the ACP-European Union (EU) Joint Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium from 20-24 May 2019.
The High Court of Solomon Islands.

Twenty-Nine Election Petitions Filed

At the close of the 30-day period for filing of petitions the High Court of Solomon Islands has confirmed that 29 petitions were filed.
Hon. Kenilorea Jr. says that the mumbling of a few in the minority can never drown out the shouts of change exclaimed by the majority.

Kenilorea Jr. Refutes Corruption Allegations

A petition has been lodged against the Member of Parliament for East Are Are, Hon. MP Peter Kenilorea Jr.
The Prime Minister is said to be given 60 days to switch recognition, failing that a motion of no confidence will be tabled, and he will be removed.

Sogavare Pressured to Switch Recognition

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is said to be under increased pressure from MPs, said to be from both sides of the house, to switch recognition from longtime ally Taiwan to China.
RSIPF Assistant Commissioner for National Capital and Crime Prevention, Simpson Pogeava.

RSIPF Commends Public Behavior During High Court Hearing

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) wishes to thank the general public especially in Honiara for their good behavior during its operation for the High Court hearing of the case between Hon. Matthew Wale and Hon. Manasseh Sogavare on Friday.
The petitions will test the efficacy of the new Act. Aside from losing one’s seat, there are serious penalties for major offences such as election bribery and fraudulent voting.

Election Petitions Close Monday

Petitions against winning candidates at the recent national general elections will close on Monday 20th May 2019.
“As responsible people in our community at Burns Creek it is important we understand the need to change the way we think, the way we do business according to law and at the same time derive financial benefit from what we do,” DC Manelusi told the participants at the workshop.

RSIPF Supports “Change Mindset” Workshop at Burns Creek

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) fully supports the one-week ‘Change of Mindset’ workshop which has been held at Burns Creek East of Honiara from 13 – 17 May 2019 as part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy.
Mr Oti has had a long and distinguished career as a public servant, politician and most recently diplomat, serving as Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji.

Patteson Oti Elected Speaker

The Speaker of the 11th Parliament is Patteson Oti.
The two candidates are former Speaker Ajilon Nasiu from Rennell and Bellona Province and former MP and Diplomat Patteson Oti from Temotu Province.

Election of Speaker Underway

Members of Parliament of the 11th Parliament have been officially sworn in - they are now in the process of electing the Speaker of Parliament for the 11th Parliament.
Partnership for Cleaner, Healthier Marketplace

Partnership for Cleaner, Healthier Marketplace

Notice anything different at the Central Market lately? Thanks to a joint effort between the Honiara City Council and the Honiara Central Market Vendors Association, market vendors are now enjoying a cleaner and a healthy working environment.
The Police operation is in addition to the normal security at the National Parliament House for meetings of Parliament members.

Business as Usual in Honiara: RSIPF

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) wishes to advice the general public especially in Honiara that its “business as usual” this week as the first meeting of the 11th Parliament convenes today and the High Court continues with the hearing of the case between Hon. Matthew Wale and Hon. Manasseh Sogavare on 17 May 2019.
Local mechanic resources are very thin and hard to increase for Solomon Airlines.

Airlines CEO on the Challenges of Maintaining Small Fleet

Those who think recruiting maintenance staff in North America or Europe is hard might try doing it for a small carrier on a chain of Southwest Pacific Islands. Lovely beaches and a nice climate do not always encourage ambitious young workers.
Inside the Solomon Islands parliamentary chambers.

Parliament Set to Meet 15th May 2019

The first meeting of the 11th Parliament is officially scheduled for Wednesday 15th May 2019.
Lucy Kasimwane inspects cocoa beans in a solar drier on her farm in Makira.

Level the Playing Field for Solomon Islands Businesswoman: ADB

Addressing barriers faced by Solomon Islands’ women entrepreneurs and business owners will spur business activity and create a more open and productive economy, says a book recently released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
RSIPF Assistant Commissioner Crime (AC) and Intelligence, Ian Vaevaso.

Foreigner Charged for Alleged Fraudulent Voting

Investigators of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have formally charged a 40-year-old man today (9 May 2019) for alleged fraudulent voting during the recent National General Election.
Minister Tanangada and PS Galokale with RSIPF and CSSI executive officers.

“RSIPF and CSSI Saved a lot of Lives," Minister of Police

The new Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Lanelle Tanangada congratulates the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Correctional Services of Solomon Islands (CSSI) for saving a lot of lives and properties during the recent disturbances in Honiara following the election of the Prime Minister on 24 Apr
Some Solomon Islands officials are inclined toward China, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu told Taipei Times, but denied reports of a possible switch to Beijing.

Some Solomon Islands Officials Inclined Toward China: Taiwan Foreign Minister

There are growing concerns in Taiwan that the Sogavare led government will cut ties and switch diplomatic recognition to China.
The plaque presented by the Solomon Island Chinese Association to RSIPF.

Chinese Association Says Thank You to RSIPF

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force received a commendation letter from the Solomon Islands Chinese Association (SICA) and a plaque thanking the RSIPF for the exceptional service in April 2019.
“The world has taken notice of the problem and the international community is calling for action."

Western Province Moves To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

“We are not going to wait for the national government to take action and therefore we have taken it upon ourselves to lead the country,” said the Premier of Western Province, David Gina.
Mr. Albert Kabui is the new Special Secretary to the Prime Minister.

New SSPM Appointed

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has appointed Mr. Albert Kabui as his Special Secretary.
Wu said he is “very confident” about the country’s ties with the Solomon Islands at a Legislative Yuan session this morning.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Confident About Ties With Solomon Islands

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu expressed his confidence in Taiwan’s diplomatic relations with its Pacific ally, the Solomon Islands this morning.
RSIPF Officers provide high visibility police presence in Honiara.

RSIPF Continue With High Visibility Presence in Honiara

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is continuing with its high visibility presence in Honiara as part of the normal police routine duty.
“We would like to think that political parties and members are exercising maturity that would also help protect Solomon Islands’ reputation in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)," SICCI Chair, Mr Jay Bartlett, said.

SICCI Calls for Political Stability

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) notes the developments taking place in the current political scenario.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare speaks at a news conference at Parliament House in Honiara on April 24.

Taiwan Ambassador Meets with Prime Minister

Taiwan's Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Roger Luo, on Friday, met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to solidify bilateral ties.