Politics Archive June 2019

Minister Announces Commencement Date for DBSI

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Harry Kuma has set June 21st, 2019 as the date for the commencement of the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) Act.
The Deputy leader of the Opposition, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr.

Kenilorea Questions Involvement of Ministers in Recent China Trip

The Deputy leader of the Opposition, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr, has questioned why two Ministers of the crown had to lead what “was effectively a technical delegation on a technical mission.”
Newly appointed Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr.

FRC Chair Attends RSIS-WTO Meeting in Singapore

Upon an invitation by His Excellency Hon. Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament for the Republic of Singapore - the newly appointed Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC), Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr recently attended the 10th Edition of the RSIS- WTO Parliamentarian Workshop in Singapore.
The tour will begin this week and also include Beijing and Taipei, taskforce chairman John Moffat Fugui told Reuters.

Taskforce Sends Delegation to Study Chinese Aid in the Region

The taskforce set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to review the country's relationship with Taiwan will send a delegation to study Chinese aid in neighboring countries as it considers a potential diplomatic switch to Beijing, the delegation leader said on Monday (Jun 24).
Fr Maelanga (center) and his brother Hon Manasseh Maelanga and a relative priest.

Police Strengthens Link With Church Through Ordination of Two Officers

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has further strengthened its link with the church through the ordination of two of its officers Inspector James Maelanga and Senior Sergeant John (Luke) Manau as priests in the Church of Melanesia in Honiara on 23 June 2019.
Taiwan's Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson Joanne Ou.

Taipei Downplays Solomon Islands Visit to China

A delegation of government officials from the Solomon Islands who visited China were there to study the timber industry, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, adding that Taiwan’s relations with its Pacific ally are strong and stable.
Sogavare Establishes Task-force as Government Delegation Visits China

Sogavare Establishes Task-force as Government Delegation Visits China

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced the establishment of a bi-partisan foreign policy task-force to review the country’s diplomatic relations with longtime ally Taiwan.

RSIPF Arrests Provincial Election Candidate in Lata

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Officers in Lata arrested one of the candidates in the recent provincial election in Temotu Province 14 June 2019.
It’s an Australian Submarine

It’s an Australian Submarine

Mystery solved! It’s an Australian submarine that paid a surprise visit on Friday.
Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka is an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Hawai‘i's Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Academic Cautions Leaders Over Taiwan-China Issue

Solomon Islands government should exercise caution as it considers whether to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan or switch to China, an academic says.
Armed Robbers Arrested

Armed Robbers Arrested

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested four adult men allegedly involved in an armed robbery at Panatina in East Honiara on 11 June 2019.
Ambassador Gray with Mrs Sigimanu at the award ceremony.

Ethel Sigimanu Recognized for Her Work

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Mrs Ethel Sigimanu was awarded the 2019 Women of Courage by the United States non-resident Ambassador Catherine Ebert Gray at a ceremony held at the Heritage Park Hotel.
“Our shared goals are to ensure the stability and prosperity of Solomon Islands and to ensure that all Solomon Islanders benefit and participate equitably in the country’s growth,” Mr Peters said.

New Zealand and Solomon Islands Sign Partnership Agreement

Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Winston Peters has signed a Statement of Partnership with Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele in Honiara.
Rev. David Vunagi was nominated by the MP for North New Georgia, Hon. John Dean Kuku.

Rev. David Vunagi Only Nomination for Governor General

At the close of nominations 4pm yesterday the only candidate nominated for the post of Governor General of the Solomon Islands is Rev. David Vunagi.
Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele.

Decision to Switch or Remain with Taiwan in 100 Days

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele says that the decision as to whether the country will switch its recognition from Taiwan to China will be made within the next 100 Days.
Crocodile Kills Adult Male

Crocodile Kills Adult Male

Villagers at Kaza village on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province say a killer crocodile has killed an adult male, who was initially reported missing by his family on Sunday.
Newly elected Mayor Wilson Mamae (Left) receiving the keys to the city from City Clerk Charles Kelly.

Honiara City Has a New Mayor

Honiara City Council (HCC) Clerk Charles Kelly has officially declared Wilson Mamae as the Mayor elect for Honiara City.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare presents a Nguzu Nguzu to New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

NZ Deputy PM Meets With Sogavare

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his delegation has met with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, renewing ongoing co-operation and support for development in the Solomon Islands.

Police Looking Into Cause of Fire Resulting in the Death of a Child

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Malaita Province is investigating the death of a 4-year-old female child at Fo’ondo Village in North Malaita on 31 May 2019.
RSIPF encourages victims or relatives of victims of such sad cases to trust and have confidence in the police and report such matters in a timely manner.

39-Year-Old Father Accused of Raping Daughters Faces Court Today

“This is a very sad case given the victims are young and very vulnerable and the suspect is a person of trust, their own father,” said the acting Director of the RSIPF National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID), Inspector Michael Bole.
SINU says that the alleged scam “most likely involved an outsider claiming to represent or claims to have some sort of influence over scholarships for students studying at SINU.”

Police Investigates Scholarship Scam at SINU

Police has confirmed that they are currently investigating an alleged scholarship scam which has affected more than 20 students at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) in Honiara.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare during the visit of the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison at the Rove Police Headquarters yesterday.

Sogavare Praises Police During Visit of Australian PM

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has praised the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) during the visit of the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison to the Rove Police Headquarters yesterday.
RSIPF Welcomes Prime Minister of Australia

RSIPF Welcomes Prime Minister of Australia

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) mounted a full guard of honour to welcome the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison and his delegation when he touched down at the Honiara International Airport at Henderson yesterday afternoon for the beginning of a two-day visit to the capital.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison inspects a guard of honour by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force after arriving at Honiara International Airport yesterday.

Australian PM Announces AUD$250 Million Worth of Funding

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced AUD$250 million worth of funding for urgently needed projects across the Solomon Islands.