Politics Archive December 2020

“I believe the same support will continue in the near future should there be any similar incident of this nature occurs.” Says Commissioner Mangau.

RSIPF Arrests Three Foreigners for Illegal Entry in the Country

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged three (3) Foreigners for Prohibition of entry of non-citizen under the SOPE regulation.
"Yet we fought on, our resilient spirit preserved. It is our faith in the Lord that binds our diverse country."

We Will Persevere Despite Hardships: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare used his Christmas message address to encourage Solomon Islanders to preserve despite the hardships of 2020.
"These kinds of defensive statements lead the public to lose trust in government to protect the interests of indigenous Solomon Islanders,” says Hon. Wale.

Wale Criticizes Dealings With Logging Company

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, has labelled the Sino Capital logging company saga a can of worms, now that the lid has been opened, there is no telling what worms will crawl out.
Attempts to smuggle cigarettes concealed in food items caught by quarantine officers.

N-DOC Confiscates Banned Goods in Quarantine Stations

The Camp Management Sector Committee of the National Disaster Operations Committee (N-DOC) has suspended privileges that allowed families and relatives to bring in food and other items for persons in Quarantine Stations (QS) for an indefinite period as of yesterday.
“The question remained that the decision could be influenced by the powerful logging company Sino Capital. In the event where this maybe the situation, then the DCGA leadership is heading the wrong direction,” Hon. Wale added.

Wale Calls on PM to Explain Mewa's Sacking

The Opposition Leader, Hon. Mathew Wale calls on the Prime Minister to tell the truth and explain the reasons for the sacking of Hon. Commins Mewa from the Forestry portfolio.
He says all Public Officers except those who have approved leave will resume duties on Monday 4th January 2021. He says most public service administrative offices will be closed during this period.

Extra 3 Days Leave for Public Servants

All public servants will receive an additional three-day recuperation leave. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made this announcement in his weekly statement.
He further added that the tight cash-flow situation at Treasury and the projections of continued reduced government revenues for 2021 clearly point to the fact that government has run out of ideas to create growth in the economy broadly.

Government Must Be Truthful on the State of the Economy: Wale

Opposition leader Matthew Wale says the country’s economy is at its worst, due both to the pandemic, but also government’s mismanagement over a long time.
The suspect will be dealt with to appear in Court for a remand application in the next few days.

Police Arrest Suspect in Relation to Death in East Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Henderson Police Station in Guadalcanal Province have arrested a 30-year-old male suspect in relation to a death incident that occurred at the Island Night Club, East of Honiara on 6 November 2020.
Around 78% of goods exported to China are raw materials – most of it are round logs.

An Assessment of the Non-reciprocal Duty-Free Market Access to China

The Solomon Islands has entered into a non-reciprocal duty-free access agreement with China.
In the oversights radio talkback show, Rodgers says the government can no longer take responsibility for what it has already paid for.

Government Washes Hands of Students Visa Issues

The government is calling on relatives to support students with visa issues in the Philippines.
Annette Kaora in her sup-sup garden nursery at Barana Community.

MAL Delivers Despite Budget Cut Amid Covid-19 Pressures

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) continue to deliver its mandatory services to farmers throughout the country despite reduction on its development budget due to Covid-19 pressures.
Australian High Commission First Secretary (Health) Fiona Mulhearn hands over a Land Cruiser to the Guadalcanal Provincial Health Director Dr Joel Denty. At the handing over was the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health Pauline McNeil and her staff.

Australia Provides Provinces with Vehicles and Funding to Support COVID-19 Response

As part of Australia’s AUD13 million (SBD70 million) COVID-19 response package in Solomon Islands, the Australian High Commission recently handed over a Land Cruiser to the Guadalcanal Provincial Health Authority.
The site will be hosted within the Solomon Islands government portal.

ESP Online Portal to Launch Today

The Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) Committee will launch its online portal today.
(L-R) UNDP Country Manager for the Solomon Islands, Berdi Berdiyev, the Prime Minister for the Solomon Islands, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare and the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Dr. Lachlan Strahan.

Human Rights Day an Important Reminder for Partnership to Recover Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the need for more robust and responsive access to justice avenues, which is more important now than ever before, particularly for the most marginalized.
The government wage bill accounts for a large share of total public spending.

Government to Curb Spending, Public Service to Feel Backlash

The government will be reducing the number of public servants in its effort to minimise costs.
Promoting the 16 Days of Activism and walking against corruption are children, during the Anti-Corruption Day march in Gizo.

“Corruption is the Opposite of Development”

“Corruption undermines development, inhibits economic growth, hinders the delivery of services and undermines good governance and the rule of law” was the conclusion of the participants at the outreach event in Gizo, Solomon Islands, marking the December 9th International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD).
Police say the deceased was transported to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara by his relatives and but died shortly afterwards.

Police Investigates Death in East Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Henderson Police Station in Guadalcanal Province are investigating a death incident occurred at the Island night club, East of Honiara on 6 November 2020.
Solomon Islands ranks high in search engines for pornography materials.

Christian Beliefs vs Facebook, Porn and GBV issues

Lack of respect for Christian beliefs and moral values were some of the reasons cited for the temporary suspension of Facebook.
Artists impression of the new Kongulai water treatment plant.

Major Milestone for Honiara’s Water Supply Improvements

Solomon Water is pleased to announce that tenders are being invited for the construction of the Kongulai Water Treatment Plant and Pipeline Project.
Any abnormal or suspicious activities such as these, must immediately be reported to the authorities, the police or health so that information can reach authorities for relevant and appropriate action.

All Three Foreigners Detained Tested Negative for COVID-19

COVID-19 test results returned negative for all the three foreigners who are currently being detained with their two yachts for an alleged illegal entry into Solomon Borders.
Sogavare in parliament says while DCGA is aware of the great need to bring in genuine investors, it also remains committed to protect its citizens with special attention to indigenous communities and resource owners.

Government Proposes Amendment to Constitution

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the government is proposing an amendment to the constitution.
The Committee also explains that Constituency offices have also assisted to collect and deliver the ESP support to recipients be it cash and materials.

ESP UPDATES: More Applications Approved, Payments Made

Hundreds of applications for the Government’s Economic Stimulus Package have been approved by the ESP Committee.
Despite numerous calls by NGO’s CSO’s and international bodies including media bodies for the government to rethink its decision, the government had decided to go ahead with its decision to suspend Facebook.

Government Seals Decision on Facebook

The government is adamant that Facebook will be temporarily suspended in Solomon Islands.
"Social media postings can be against the law if they discriminate against, harass, bully or racially vilify a person, incite violence or is used to threaten other persons or procure or aide any acts contrary to law."

OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE HON. MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATION AND AVIATION ON THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF FACEBOOK

Good Morning/Afternoon Solomon Islands. Greetings to you all.
“Nobody questions the power of the Cabinet to make this decision. However, the public rightfully questions why the need to lie to the nation about it. That is how interests of foreign nations have become a source of disunity in our nation. The PM must take responsibility for it”, Wale told parliament.

Opposition Leader Blasts Government on Policy Decisions

Opposition Leader, Mathew Wale says the geopolitical competition must not become a source of tension in the country. Speaking on the floor of parliament during the Sine Die motion, Wale says the government must not allow the nation’s unity to be challenged by interests of outside powers.