Politics Archive February 2021

He says he has now sought information from the Buin police post, regarding the incident.

Bougainville Police Chief Sorry for Border Incident

The Bougainville Police Chief, Francis Tokura told Solomon Times Online he is sorry about the incident that occurred at the border between Solomon Islands and PNG.
Hon. Sogavare further stated, “The late Sir Michael Somare was a political pioneer and a pillar of strength not only for Papua New Guinea, but for Melanesia and the wider Pacific region.”

PM Sogavare Pays Tribute to Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has expressed his message of condolence following the passing of Papua New Guinea’s first and four times Prime Minister, late Grand Chief Sir. Michael Somare.
“While I condemn the action of the Bougainvilleans involved in the strongest of terms, the inadequate arming and resourcing of the border police has been an ongoing issue attracting little or no attention from the government."

Wale on Border Incident, Calls on Government to take Immediate Steps

Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale expresses grave concern over the incident involving our local border police and a group of Bougainvilleans, at the Western border resulting in the intimidation of our officers and the illegal seizure of a Police drone.
Mr. Soaki conveys his deep gratitude to the Fijian people for the warm hospitality and friendship. He is confident that the relationship will continue to thrive in the future.

High Commissioner Soaki Pays Farewell Call on Fiji Prime Minister

Outgoing Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency William McDonald Soaki paid a farewell courtesy call on Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji on Monday 22 February 2021.
“My good people of Lauru, prosperity require sacrifice, dedication and unity with one another. Unity gives us purpose, makes our country resilience and strong. We must continue to learn and appreciate each other and live in harmony,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.

“Thank You Choiseul Province”: PM Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare today has joined hundreds of people around Choiseul Province to celebrate the province’s 2nd Appointed Day in Taro.
“I must say that our PRT boys are very professional. They try to ensure that there is always peace. In terms of policy, border security is a priority for the Ministry," Veke said.

Solomon Islands to Establish Outpost at the Border with Support from Australia

The Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Anthony Veke, says that the Solomon Islands will soon establish a patrol boat outpost in the Shortland Islands. This is with support from Australia.
The Prime Minister inspects a guard of honour in Kulutanai, Shortland Islands, where he also met with  frontliners.

PM Visits Frontliners at SI/PNG Border

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has saluted frontliners for their continuous commitment and sacrifice in keeping our border safe.
Hon. Maelanga further acknowledged the commitments and assistances rendered by the Government of Japan as a revelation of Japan’s spirit and bond of friendship towards its traditional partners like the Solomon Islands.

DPM Conveys Well Wishes to His Majesty, Emperor Naruhito of Japan

Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga, MP has conveyed his well wishes to His Majesty, Emperor Naruhito of Japan.
Choiseul’s Director for Provincial Health William Timba briefs Prime Minister Sogavare and his delegation.

PM Visits Taro Hospital

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his delegation have taken time to visit the Taro Hospital in Choiseul province.
Hundreds of Taro residents including school children were also at the airport to welcome Prime Minister Sogavare and his delegation.

PM Arrives in Taro for 2nd Appointed Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in Taro today to a rousing welcome ahead of the 2nd appointed day celebrations, Thursday this week.
He says dental services for the North Malaita region is an important one as people usually only receive these services once the dental team from Kiluúfi makes a visit to the health centre in Maluú.

New Dental Clinic for North Malaita

The people of North Malaita will soon take delivery of a new dental clinic at the Malu’u area health centre.
The Opposition Leader goes on to say, “I am concerned that reassignment in this case may only mean the transfer of an entrenched culture of malpractice or corruption in the public service from one point to another."

Wale Calls for Transparency on Allegations Against Reassigned ESP Officer

Leader of the Opposition, Hon Matthew Wale says the government continues to say one thing and do exactly the opposite when it comes to taking a strong stance against malpractice or corruption within the public service.
“The intention of the government is to have this budget passed within early or before the end of April so that implementation can be done as soon as possible”, Dentana says.

Pandemic and Economic Recovery Top Priority for 2021 Budget

Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery are the priority areas for the national government’s budget for 2021.
The Prime Minister informed the New Zealand High Commissioner that the Government’s two objectives now are to protect citizens of the country and to keep the economy afloat.

NZ High Commissioner Pays Courtesy Visit to PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare received a courtesy visit from the New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Her Excellency Georgina Roberts.
"The public is sick and tired of these sorts of reports. State power is conferred by law of the free will of our common people. Leaders and public officers in custody of such powers owe it to our people to abide by the law at all times."

Wale Calls for Investigations into Tubi Scandal

Leader of the Opposition group Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the police to investigate reports implicating the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Meteorology.
The New Zealand High Commissioner says New Zealand will continue to carry on working to enhance the partnership between Solomon Islands and New Zealand.

New Zealand Continues Support to Upgrade Provincial Airports

New Zealand is aiming to complete its long-standing projects in Solomon Islands this year which includes the upgrade of provincial airports.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Madam Sogavare pay their last respects at the funeral service.

PM Pays Final Tribute to Late Sir Paul Tovua

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has paid his final respects to the late Sir Paul Tovua.
Sisiolo said effectively all vacant positions are now unbudgeted for and will be deemed inactive.

Government Enforces Freeze on Public Service Recruitment

Government is putting a freeze on new recruitments into the public service sector effective as of January 1, 2021.
“The proof of the quality of their work is the absence of community transmission of COVID-19. To date almost 9,000 tests had been conducted by the Molecular lab,” he said.

“Molecular Labs of the Highest Standards:” Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the public that the standards and quality controls implemented by our molecular laboratory are of the highest standard.
He says the latest development means the total cases of positive COVID-19 recorded in the Solomon Islands is now 18.

Sogavare Announces New Positive COVID-19 Case

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced this afternoon that there is now a new positive COVID-19 case recorded. The latest case is a student that returned from the Philippines on the 21st of January 2021.
Dr Rodgers has had wealth of experience within the region, having once served as the Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities (SPC).

Dr Jimmie Rodgers Misses Out in PIFS Secretary General Election

The Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, has missed out in the election of the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).
Hoca says emphasis must be placed on a free and independent media if the media is to effectively report on corruption.

Free and Independent Media Crucial to Fight Corruption

“The extent to which journalists can assist in detecting corruption depends on whether the media is free and independent”, says UNDP’s Project Manager, Vardon Hoca.