Politics Archive February 2020

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG) James Marape on arrival in Honiara this afternoon.

Red Carpet Welcome for PNG Prime Minister in Honiara

PNG Prime Minister, James Marape, was treated to a red-carpet welcome in Honiara on arrival today afternoon. Marape is in Solomon Islands on an official state visit.
Minister of Finance and Treasury Hon. Harry Kuma.

Ministry of Finance Explains USD$100 Billion Loan Proposal

The Ministry of Finance and Treasury today issued a statement rejecting media reports in relation to the US$100 billion financing introduced by the promoter of the financing proposal Mr. Terry Wong.
Police Arrest 20 YO Over Death of Infant

Police Arrest 20 YO Over Death of Infant

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson Police Station have arrested a 20 year-old girl on 25 February 2020 following the discovery of the dead body of an infant baby buried in the Henderson Plantation area.
Female officers currently make up 24 percent of the entire workforce of the RSIPF.

Police Advancing the Role of Women in Policing

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has been a male dominated organisation since it was established in 1954, but efforts are now in place to change this around with the endorsement of the Gender Strategy 2019 – 2021.
Peter Kenilorea Jr, a Solomon Islands opposition member of parliament who used to head up the country’s foreign affairs department, said the idea of the loan is a fantasy.

USD$100 Billion "Loan" Offer from Chinese Businessman

A Chinese businessman has floated a USD$100 billion loan offer to the tiny Pacific island nation of Solomon Islands, a report said.
India to Build Centre of Excellence in IT at SINU

India to Build Centre of Excellence in IT at SINU

The Indian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands H.E Vijai Kumar and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 17, February 2020 to establish a centre of excellence for Information and communications technology (ICT) at SINU.
Of specific focus at this meeting was the traffic congestions experienced in Honiara. It is believed that the Road Transport Board (RTB) is the right body to address some of the traffic issues Honiara City is currently facing.

SICCI, RSIPF Hosts First Executive Group Meeting for 2020

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) remain committed to build on the mutual relationship established under the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2018.
Petition Against MP Sofu Dismissed

Petition Against MP Sofu Dismissed

The Chief Justice of Solomon Islands Sir Albert Palmer has dismissed the petition case lodged against East Kwaio MP Stanley Festus Sofu.
TSI made the statement after the MP for Gizo Kolombangara defended her decision to award a scholarship to her husband under the MP’s scholarship scheme.

TSI Calls for Reform of Electoral System

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) calls for urgent reform to the electoral system to reduce the influence of political financing/monetization of National General Election giving both men and women who do not have access to funding a fair go.
The manhunt for the three prisoners started soon after the tree escaped from the Rove Correctional Facility on Sunday 15th December 2019.

Police Recapture Prisoners

The Police Response Team (PRT) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) has recaptured prison escapees Frank Firimolea and Dilo Faiga at the main entry junction road to Burns Creek market between 11 and 11:45am on 15 February 2020.
Mr Vokia unseated his runner up Dr Derek Sikua 1,835 to 1629 votes, during last year’s election, a major upset in last years elections.

First Time MP Vokia Lose Seat in Petition

Jamie Vokia, a first-time MP and also a member of the ruling government, has lost his Northeast Guadalcanal seat in Parliament following a successful petition lodged by the former MP Dr Derek Sikua.
The Japanese Ambassador also briefed the Prime Minister on Japan’s programs under the technical sector and grant aid funding.

Japanese Envoy Reaffirms Commitment in Infrastructure Support to Solomon Islands

Japan’s Ambassador to Solomon Islands H.E Shigeru Toyama has reaffirmed Japan’s support in infrastructure development when he met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday.
Central Honiara MP Lose Seat in Petition

Central Honiara MP Lose Seat in Petition

Central Honiara MP John Moffat Fugui has lost his seat after the petition lodged against him was successful.
The head of the ANU observer team, James Batley, said most of the voters interviewed were clear about expecting direct benefits from their elected representatives.

Cross Border Registration and Vote Buying Still an Issue: ANU

The recent National General Elections was relatively peaceful, with most independent observers stating it was free and fair.
The logging company accepted the death of its employee as caused by the flood and do not wish the police to conduct further enquiries into the death.

Malaysian Killed in Flash Flooding

A Malaysian man is dead after a flooded river burst following torrential rains linked to a low depression south of the Solomon Islands.