Politics Archive July 2020

The Prime Minister acknowledged sentiments raised by the Premier of Guadalcanal province, for the Government to live up to its obligations under the now dismantled Townsville Peace Agreement (TPA).

Gov’t Concern Over Sale of Alienated Land by Foreign Investors: PM

The National Government is conscious of the issue of land and encroachment of settlers into customary land.
Governor General and Japanese Ambassador flanked by Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele and Permanent Secretary Collin Beck.

New Japanese Ambassador Presents Credentials

Japanese New Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Mr. Morimoto Yasuhiro has presented his Letter of Credence to Governor General His Excellency Sir David Vunagi on the 30th July, 2020.
42 MPs voted in favor of the motion.

State of Public Emergency Extended

The State of Public Emergency (SoPE) has been extended for four months through a Parliament resolution.
The Opposition Leader says that such gaps, if not addressed, would limit the important role Parliament plays in keeping the executive arm of government in check.

Wale Calls for Covid-19 Legislation to Deal with Pandemic

Leader of the Opposition Mathew Wale says the government needs to seriously explore and put in place legislations designed specifically for the current Covid-19 pandemic.
“The Government recognizes that the importation of the COVID-19 could be catastrophic for Solomon Islands considering the limited health resources we currently have and that Solomon Islands will only be safe if the COVID-19 does not enter Solomon Islands,” Sir Vunagi stated in his declaration.

GG Declares State of Public Emergency Still Exists in SoIomon Islands

His Excellency the Governor General Sir David Vunagi has declared that a State of Public Emergency (SOPE) still exists in Solomon Islands.
Rodgers says it will be much easier for the government to arrange the local airline to bring in the officials.

Government Plans Direct Flight to China

A charter flight is currently being planned to bring personnel from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
"Our executive value, respect and hold RSE staff in the highest of regard. They should never be subjected to any form of abuse."

Pick Hawkes Bay Offers Official Apology to Solomon Islands Workers

The Pick Hawkes Bay Inc. (PHC) has come out officially to apologize to Solomon Islands workers working at their farms. Below is the official statement.

Four Months Too Long for Another State of Emergency: Opposition

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, has lashed out at the Prime Minister, saying another four months is too long for the second state of public emergency.
Initial work on the Taba’akwaru road started way back in 2012 but due to the steep gradient and lack of funds, the construction was halted.

Road Extension at East Malaita

East Malaita will benefit from a road extension towards highland communities, which will improve access to basic services.
The Prime Minister said the only way we can protect our country, our people from COVID-19 is to have tight control of our international borders.

Cabinet Approves SOPE Extension: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says Cabinet has approved the recommendation from the Oversight Committee to extend the State of Public Emergency (SOPE).
Women from Mataniko at the launching of the South Guadalcanal constituency development plan.

MP Launches Development Plan, First of its Kind

The Member of Parliament (MP) for South Guadalcanal has recently launched a development plan for his constituency.
Villagers who attended the stimulus package awareness talk at Nafinua.

Rift Between East Malaita MP and Nafinua Community Mended

Nafinua Community, Ward 15 of East Malaita Constituency has stepped in to settle differences with their National Parliament Representative who is also the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Hon. Manasseh Maelanga.
"It is therefore a matter of public interest that due process is allowed to take its cause unfettered," the Opposition Leader said.

Wale Calls on AG to Recuse Himself in Djokovic Case

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Attorney General not to deal with the criminal cases instituted against the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Robson Djokovic.
The accused was arrested today (9 July 2020) and charged with one case of careless driving. He has been bailed to appear before the Honiara Central Magistrates’ Court on 21st July 2020.

Senior Government Officer Charged With Careless Driving

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have charged a senior government officer with careless driving following a traffic accident involving a government motor vehicle, which happened early morning Saturday 4 July 2020 near the Iron Bottom Sound Hotel in West Honiara.
He says that today’s generation must not forget the challenges we went through as a country, particularly the tensions that brought the country to its knees.

42 years of Independence: PM Calls for Unity in Diversity

Solomon Islands today celebrates 42 years of Independence.
The accused was alleged to have posted on Social Media that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Central Province.

Arrested for Spreading Fake News on Social Media

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged one male suspect for the alleged dissemination of false rumours contrary to Regulation 23 (a) of the Emergency Powers (EP) COVID (02) Regulation 2020 in Central province on 27th April 2020.
Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare says that the Unity Square is a symbol of unity in diversity.

Solomon Ports Hoists Largest Flag in the Region at Unity Square

Solomon Ports has commissioned the largest flag and flagpole in the pacific at Point Cruz, Honiara, yesterday.
“Our partnership continues to grow as we engage in more cultural and professional exchanges, expand our security cooperation, and execute on our development assistance commitments."

US Congratulates Solomon Islands as Country Prepares to Observe Independence Day

The United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his government’s well wishes as the country prepares to mark its Independence Day tomorrow.
"The children have now become victims. The boss of the contractor’s company had arrived again and told us to move out, claiming it is their land."

Humanity Vs the Rule of Law: Villagers Homeless as Developers Move in

17 families residing in the Mamara area claimed they will be homeless after they were chased by contractors of the company that is developing the Mamara-Tasivarongo area.
Mr. Kere Kuma Eke sharing his views during the awareness at Vunirima village, Rarumana.

Rarumana Community Elder Lauds ESP Initiative

Community elder from Rarumana Island in the Western Province have applauded the government for the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) initiative that focuses mainly on the rural population.