Politics Archive September 2019

RSIPF and Youth Dialogue Successful

RSIPF and Youth Dialogue Successful

Young people in Honiara and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have discussed how to work more closely together as partners to ensure the youth have a safe future.
"The call by the Civil Society Organisations for the Prime Minister to step down is a direct breach of the Charitable Trust Act."

Kabui Encourages Civil Society to Focus on Civic Duties

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) nation-wide are encouraged to focus their energy on civic duties rather than engaging in political bickering, which, is potentially dangerous for public order and safety.
ADB, Partners Support Delivery of Clean and Reliable Electricity in Solomon Islands

ADB, Partners Support Delivery of Clean and Reliable Electricity in Solomon Islands

The Asian Development Bank(ADB) has approved an $18 million loan and a $12 million grant to help Solomon Islands reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels for power generation through the Tina River Hydropower Project.
Premier Suidani Refuses to Give Statement to Police: Varley

Premier Suidani Refuses to Give Statement to Police: Varley

The Commissioner of Police Mathew Varley says the Premier of Malaita Province, Hon. Daniel Suidani, refused to give a statement to Police over bribary allegations he had raised in the media.
Two New Cabinet Ministers Appointed

Two New Cabinet Ministers Appointed

The Governor General, His Excellency, the Right Reverend David Vunagi has appointed two Ministers today in accordance with the constitution.
Dr Tautai Agikimu'a Kaitu'u is the MP for Rennell and Bellona Constituency. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2014 national general election, and was again re-elected in the recent national general elections.

PM Sacks Dr Tautai

The Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs and MP for Rennell and Bellona, Hon. Dr Tautai Kaitu'u, has been sacked by the Prime Minister.
Rick Houenipwela, more commonly known as Rick Hou, is the immediate past Prime Minister of Solomon Island, serving from 15 November 2017 to 24 April 2019.

Rick Houenipwela Sacked by PM

SBM Online is reporting that the former Prime Minister and Minister of National Planning Rick Houenipwela was sacked this morning.
He said that this is a serious matter that must be formally reported to the police and investigated.

Government Condemns Bribary Allegations

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) has strongly condemned any bribery-attempts by national leaders as published in the media yesterday.
The Opposition Leader stressed that this is a very serious matter and should not be brushed under the carpet.

Investigate Bribary Claims: Wale

The Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Commissioner of Police and the Chairman of the Leadership Code Commission to quickly investigate the allegation of bribery made by the Premier of Malaita Province against Government MPs.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan meets with Solomon Islands' Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 23, 2019.

Foreign Affairs Minister Meets With Chinese VP on Cooperation

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan has met with Solomon Islands' Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele on Monday.
Solomon Islands Defeats Samoa 5-0

Solomon Islands Defeats Samoa 5-0

Solomon Islands has made it two wins from two games at the 2019 OFC Olympic Qualifiers in Suva, defeating Samoa 5-0.
Decisive Day Looms for Group A in Suva

Decisive Day Looms for Group A in Suva

Early pacesetters Solomon Islands and New Zealand will be both looking for back-to-back victories in order to secure their passage to the semi-finals of the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier tournament with a match day to spare, while Samoa and American Samoa must produce upsets to keep their qualifying dreams alive Tuesday in Group A action.
SBD$6.4 Billion Loan for Gold Ridge Mining

SBD$6.4 Billion Loan for Gold Ridge Mining

The Solomon Islands government and China Railway Group Ltd. has signed a SBD$6.4 Billion dollar deal to build and lease infrastructure projects at the Gold Ridge mines on Guadalcanal.
Solomon Islands Formally Establish Diplomatic Relations With China

Solomon Islands Formally Establish Diplomatic Relations With China

Just days after the Solomon Islands government severed ties with Taiwan, Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed an agreement to form ties at a government guest house in the Chinese capital, Beijing, on Saturday.
Statement by the Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare On Switch to China

Statement by the Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare On Switch to China

Fellow Solomon Islanders, we have endured many challenges since we attained Independence in 1978 in trying to forge our path towards achieving economic prosperity, social stability and lasting peace for the sake of future generations and the common good of our people.
Police Maintains High Visibility Patrols in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province

Police Maintains High Visibility Patrols in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) commends the good behaviour of the citizens of Honiara and throughout the rest of the country over the past several days and urges people to continue with such behaviour.
Government Says US Still Committed to Development Projects

Government Says US Still Committed to Development Projects

Despite strong views expressed by leading US lawmakers regarding the switch to China the Prime Minsters office says it's business as usual.

Police Supports Peaceful Public Assemblies

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) wishes to clarify its position on the issue of processions, marches and public assemblies.
Chaoyang University of Technology in Central Taiwan Science Park, one of the many tertiary institutions in Taiwan.

Taiwan Assures Students Sponsorship Will Remain Until January 2020

Despite the withdrawal of diplomatic recognition by the Sogavare led government the Taiwanese government has assured Solomon Islands' students studying in Taiwan that that they will be able to continue with their studies under full scholarship until January 2020.
Sogavare Skips UN General Assembly

Sogavare Skips UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Mannasseh Sogavare will skip this year's UN General Assembly (UNGA), officials have confirmed.
Police Commends Peaceful Protesters in Auki

Police Commends Peaceful Protesters in Auki

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) acknowledges members of the public including men, women, students and children who took part in yesterdays peaceful march in Auki to show their support for the Republic of China (ROC) for their good behavior during the event.
Pence and other officials in President Donald Trump's administration have criticized China for what they call "debt-trap" lending practices to small countries, pushing them into debt.

US Vice President Rebuffs Solomon Islands Prime Minister

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has declined to meet with the leader of the Solomon Islands to discuss development partnerships after the Pacific island cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China this week, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Students in Taiwan Start Returning This Weekend

Students in Taiwan Start Returning This Weekend

Soon after the government severed ties with Taiwan Solomon Islands students studying in Taiwan have been told to return.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was the runner-up for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

US Allies Urged to Resist Chinese Coercion

Another US Senator has reacted to the diplomatic switch by calling on the United States to ensure the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to isolate Taiwanese Allies are not successful.
Sen. Marco Rubio unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the President of United States in 2016, losing out to the current President Donald Trump.

Senior US Senator Wants To Cut Ties With Solomon Islands

A senior US Senator, Sen. Marco Rubio, has taken to Twitter to express disappointment at the decision by the government to cut ties with Taiwan.
No Permission to Protest or March in the City

No Permission to Protest or March in the City

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) assures the citizens of Honiara and the rest of the country that its ‘business as usual’ in the capital city and no one or any group has been given any permission to stage a march or protest in the City.
Protests In Auki, Malaita Province

Protests In Auki, Malaita Province

People in Auki are protesting the decision by the government to switch it's allegiance to China.

Police Respects Right to Protest Peacefully

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) respects the right of all Solomon Islanders to protest in a peaceful and lawful fashion.
Taiwan Officially Terminates Ties With Solomon Islands

Taiwan Officially Terminates Ties With Solomon Islands

Taiwan has released a statement formally terminating its 36 year alliance with Solomon Islands.
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan Issues Statement

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan Issues Statement

The President of Taiwan has issued a statement following governments decision to cut ties late yesterday.
Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan

Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan

After 36 years of diplomatic relations the government has voted in favour of a switch in recognition.
Caucus Votes in Favour of China

Caucus Votes in Favour of China

Caucus has voted in favour of switching allegiance to China. Of the 33 present 27 voted in favour and 6 abstained.
Switching to China is High Risk: CBSI

Switching to China is High Risk: CBSI

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has concluded that the country will not be able to absorb any additional borrowing from China should it decide to switch.
"As a patriotic Solomon Islander I am deeply concerned to see that the decision to switch now is dictated by China’s time table," Kenilorea said in a prepared statement.

No Need to Rush Decision to Switch: Kenilorea

Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr (FRC) says that he is disappointed that Prime Minister Sogavare and cabinet will be making a decision on the recommendation of the bi-partisan task force (BTF) to switch to People’s Republic of China (China) from Taiwan without waiting to get any inputs from the FRC.
Police Calls for Calm As Decision Day on Switch Nears

Police Calls for Calm As Decision Day on Switch Nears

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to all citizens of Solomon Islands to remain calm and respect law and order as the country awaits a decision by the Government on the future of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Taiwan Says Taskforce Report Inacurate and Biased

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), says that the report of the bipartisan Task Force set up by the government of Solomon Islands is inaccurate and biased.
Leaked Documents Show No Commitment From China

Leaked Documents Show No Commitment From China

Leaked documents show that senior Chinese officials did not commit to any Aid assistance should Solomon Islands severe ties with long time ally Taiwan, the Solomon Star reports.

Landslide in Gizo Kills Young Mother

A freak landslide in Gizo Western Province has killed a young mother, a teacher by profession.
President Tsai Ing-wen, right, talks with Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeremiah Manele, left, at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Meets With President of Taiwan

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele has met with President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Foriegn Minister Heads to Taiwan as China Diplomatic Battle Heats Up

Foriegn Minister Heads to Taiwan as China Diplomatic Battle Heats Up

The Solomon Islands' Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele has left for Taiwan on Sunday as sections in the government maul switching the country's diplomatic allegiance to China.

Opposition Office Critical of New Lands Board Appointments

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has condemned and expressed concerns over the appointment of Silver Dunga and Fred Soaki to the Ministry’s Lands Board.
PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledge that political leadership is key to winning the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

PM Calls For Roadmap to Halt and Reverse NCDs

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledge that political leadership is key to winning the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Police Warns Public About Erecting Roadblocks to Demand Cash

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) warns members of the public that erecting roadblocks to demand money as a token of appreciation for the work done is an offence.
Taiwan Looking at Sending Taskforce to Solomon Islands

Taiwan Looking at Sending Taskforce to Solomon Islands

Taiwan might send a task force to the Solomon Islands to learn more about its need for aid, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday, amid renewed speculation about a potential switch in the Pacific ally’s diplomatic recognition to China.
Foreign Relations Committee Starts Inquiry into China - Taiwan Issue

Foreign Relations Committee Starts Inquiry into China - Taiwan Issue

The Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) started hearings into the China - Taiwan issue this morning.
15 Arrested on Fathers Day

15 Arrested on Fathers Day

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara City have arrested 15 people in connection with the Father’s Day celebrations during the weekend.
Australian Defense Minister, Hon. Linda Reynolds meets PRT officers participating in the Exercise Coastwatchers 2019 at Taro.

RSIPF Officers Participate in Exercise Coastwatchers 2019

Officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western and Choiseul provinces and the Police Response Team (PRT) joined staff from National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and other Government Agencies (OGA) agencies in Taro for the commencement of the 2019 Coastwatchers Exercise on 28 August 2019.
Suspicions of Sorcery Leads to Burning of House

Suspicions of Sorcery Leads to Burning of House

A man and his family had to leave their village for their own safety after they were threatened by villagers, accusing the man of practising sorcery.
New Zealand Appoints New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

New Zealand Appoints New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced the appointment of diplomat Georgina Roberts as New Zealands next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.