Politics Archive August 2020

Philip Lilomo and John Adifaka (Jnr) newly elected board members of the Media Association.

MASI SGM Successful: Two Additional Board Members

THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has successfully held its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Sunday 30th of August 2020.
Most modern democracies have a range of special powers available to respond to emergencies that threaten safety, property or the integrity of the state.

New Law For Public Health Emergency Being Looked At

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic and social problems the World over, it has also given rise to questions on how countries should respond to contain the virus - legally.
Border enforcement agencies escorted the two men back to the border with Bougainville.

Border Crossers Sent Back to Bougainville

Authorities from the covid-19 Joint Operation at the Western border with Papua New Guinea have released on Saturday (29 August) the two Bougainvilleans arrested and detained at Kulitanai Police Post in the Shortland Islands after meeting all covid-19-free conditions.
Hon. Tautai called on the National Government to consider providing roll-over funding to support administration of the country’s only World Heritage Site, Lake Tegano.

Dr. Tautai Calls on Government to Act

Rennell Bellona (Renbel) Parliament Representative Hon. Dr Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u calls on the National Government to prioritize the implementation of key infrastructure projects in his constituency.
The OPMC statement says the flight to China will be undertaken for purposes of repatriating Solomon Island citizens. It will also bring in the new PRC Ambassador to Solomon Islands and some members of the Embassy staff and the PG2023 technical team.

Cabinet Approves China, Philippines Repatriation Flights

Cabinet at its meeting today yesterday has approved the repatriation flights to Guangzhou in China and to Manila in the Philippines.
"We as officers of the RSIPF have to work together with communities in the western border to ensure the COVID-19 does not enter our country from Bougainville,” says Deputy Commissioner Matanga.

Deputy Police Commissioner Meets With Officers at the Western Border

The Deputy Police Commissioner Operations in the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Juanita Matanga held a musters with the front line officers at the Kulitanai Police Post in the Shortland Islands in Western Province on 25 August 2020 to thank them for their work despite the challenges faced during the COVID-19 operation.
Premier Willie Tuhangenga handing over a gift of traditional significance to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

PM Guest at Renbel Day Celebrations in Tingoa

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was the guest of honour at the Rennell/Bellona Second Appointed Day celebrations at the Provincial Capital, Tingoa, held yesterday.
“To keep our shores free from COVID -19 it is our responsibility to work together.”

RSIPF Meets With Council of Chiefs on Mono Island

The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Deputy Commissioner Operations Juanita Matanga has met with the Council of Chiefs on Mono Island in the Western Province on 25 August 2020 to discuss the issue of access to islands for police operations at the western border during the COVID-19 State of Public Emergency.
Western, Choiseul and Malaita Outer Islands borders have already been declared as emergency zones with a total ban on traditional border crossings to and from Bougainville.

Shortland Leaders Call on Landowning Groups to Support COVID-19 Frontliners

Leaders of Shortland Islands in the Western Province have encouraged landowning tribes in the area to support the frontline workers in view of the ongoing covid-19 operations at the border region.
The Prime Minister and his delegation has also visited a number of sites including the famous Lake Tengano.

PM in Tingoa to Attend Renbel Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in Tingoa, this morning ahead of the Rennell/Bellona Second Appointed celebrations tomorrow (Wednesday 26th August 2020).
24 Year Old Man Arrested for Raping Relative

24 Year Old Man Arrested for Raping Relative

Officers at the Atori Police Station in Malaita Province have arrested a 24-year-old male suspect following the alleged rape of a 17-year-old female at Hale Village in East Kwara’ae on 25 July 2020.
Police says the purpose of the awareness is to advice and encourage the teachers and students on ways to look after their school and welfare.

Police Reach Out to Students at Burns Creek

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the National Crime Prevention Department (NCPD) visited and conducted awareness talk at Burns creek Adventist High School and primary school and Tuvaruhu School in Honiara on 21 August 2020.
“The returning nationals are mostly students who have just completed their studies in Samoan institutions,” the statement from the NDC says.

Charter Flight Arrives With 24 Nationals

A total of 24 nationals have arrived at the Henderson International Airport this evening 6:00 PM local time on board a Solomon Airlines chartered flight.
“I understand that some people in the western border region of the country are worried after the confirmation of a positive COVID-19 at Buka on Bougainville two weeks ago. The RSIPF has increased its man power at the western border to 74 officers and will increase the patrols in the western border red line,” says Commissioner Mangau.

Police Commissioner Mangau Makes First Visit to Western Border with PNG

Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Mostyn Mangau paid his first visit to the Western and Choiseul provinces this week to show the seriousness that he as the new Commissioner considers the role that RSIPF plays in keeping the western border with Papua New Guinea safe from any entry of the COVID-19 from Bougainville.
“I therefore call on the government and the task force to be fair to all our investors in implementing this great initiative,” the Opposition Leader adds.

Address All Leakages in Revenue Collection: Wale

Leader of the Opposition Hon. Mathew Wale welcomed the DCGA government’s decision to set up a taskforce to plug possible leakages in the government’s revenue collection.
Claims via social media says the transportation of day-old chicks to Port Moresby were used as a cover to air lift Chinese officials to Brisbane, via Port Moresby, to await the next repatriation flight to Honiara.

PRC Refutes Involvement in Port Moresby Flight

An official in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Honiara has refuted claims the Solomon Airlines Airbus was in Port Moresby to bring the PRC’s head of mission and officials to Solomon Islands.
Malaita chiefs ready to perform a traditional ceremony during celebrations in Auki, Malaita Province.

“Malaita, Our Home Our Pride”: Premier Suidani

“Powers given to the people must be honored and celebrated with pride”, says Malaita Premier, Daniel Suidani.
“There were a total of 50 crude fermented kwaso containers and 2,000 litres of distilled kwaso confiscated during the raid with a street value of $10,000-00," says PPC Riolo.

Police Raids Kwaso Producers in West Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Honiara City Central Police Station mounted a successful raid at the Karaina settlement in West Honiara confiscating 2,000 litres of kwaso valued about $10,000.00 on 13 August 2020.
The government says they will advise intending travellers into Solomon Islands on the future date of repatriation flights, most likely set for the coming weeks. At the same time, it is understood the proposed flight to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the 29th of August 2020 has been put on halt.

Repatriation Flight Cancelled as Laboratory Staff Faces Fatigue

The repatriation flight scheduled for 16th August 2020 has been cancelled.
Part of the crowd gathered in Auki today.

DPM Assures Malaita Province of Gov’t Support

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has assured the Malaita provincial government that the National Government will continue to work with them.
The deputy Prime Minister acknowledged all Malaita leaders, both past and present that have contributed immensely towards the development of Solomon Islands.

DPM Urge Malaitan’s to Take Pride in their Contributions to SI

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has encouraged Malaitan’s to celebrate the province’s second appointed day with remembrance and pride.
City Mayor Wilson Mamae, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Minister for Women and Youth, Freda Tuki Comua.

Young People Our Untapped Resource: PM

Our rapidly burgeoning youth population represents a huge untapped resource that can be transformed into effective nation builders.
The Prime Minister said the Kukum Highway project includes a 4-lane road from the Ministry of Fisheries to the Lunga Bridge and a two-lane road from Lunga Bridge to the Henderson Domestic Airport.

Infrastructure Projects Progress Slowly Despite Pandemic: PM

Donor supported projects under the Ministry of Infrastructure & Development (MID) are gradually progressing despite the pandemic.
The flight to China will be the furthest for the Solomon Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft since joining the local fleet in February this year.

Itinerary for Charter Flight to China Still Under Discussion

Government is still to present a set arrangement for the historical China flight on the 29th of August 2020. Solomon Airlines has been arranged to carry out this charter flight.
“Fellow Solomon Islanders, we are still COVID-19 free. However, we must not be complacent. If we become careless, we may not remain COVID-19 free for long,” he said.

Prime Minister Calls for Greater Cooperation at the Border

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called for a stronger and more effective cooperation between the National Government and provincial governments.
Nursery shed from a backyard farm visited in Honiara on 30 July 2020.

Sup-sup Garden Initiative Shows ‘Impressive Progress’

The Organic Backyard Gardening (sup-sup garden) activity that the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) is implementing has made impressive development.
Bougainville is about 40km from the Shortland Islands, West of the Solomon Islands.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Recorded on Bougainville

PNG’s National Control Centre for COVID-19 confirmed 25 new positive cases of COVID-19 today, 24 from the national capital and 1 from Bougainville.
“What transpired however is a systematic popularization of power and functions with the Central Government over the years. This is a reality we would like to forget,” he said.

PM Recognizes Tough Journey Faced by Provincial Governments

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledged that it has not been an easy journey for all provincial governments over the years.
Dr Strahan further highlighted Australia’s continued commitment to step up and assist Solomon Islands as well as the wider pacific region in the battle against covid-19 and promised that Australia will help Pacific nations gain access to any vaccine that is found.

Australia’s High Commissioner Strahan Pays Courtesy Visit on PM Sogavare

Australia’s High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Dr. Lachlan Strahan made an official call on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare being met on arrival by the Premier of Guadalcanal.

PM Graces Guadalcanal Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has graced the Guadalcanal Province 2nd Appointed Day celebrations at Visale, North West Guadalcanal on Friday.