Politics Archive March 2021

“For our economy to recover, we will need to reopen our borders to international trade and international travel at some stage."

Vaccination Necessary for International Trade and Travel: Sogavare

The country’s suffering economy can be resurrected only if international trade is boosted by reopening of international borders and the relaxation of travel restrictions, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says.
The extension will give time for Parliament to debate and decide whether the SOPE should be extended.

State of Public Emergency Extended for 7 Days

The current State of Public Emergency (SOPE) was extended for another 7 days after it expired 12 midnight last night.
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccination Alliance, emphasized that “COVAX’s mission is to help end the acute phase of the pandemic as soon as possible, allowing global equitable access to vaccines against COVID-19."

Solomon Islands Receive 24,000 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines through the COVAX Facility

Solomon Islands became the second country in the Pacific islands to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
"Fellow citizens living along the western border emergency zone, I ask all of you that are above 18 years of age to take the COVID-19 vaccination when the team comes. This is the only way we can collectively protect ourselves, protect our families and protect those under 18 years of age that cannot yet take the vaccines,” Sogavare said.

Border Zone to Receive Bulk of COVID-19 Vaccines

The bulk of the AstraZeneca vaccines that will arrive in the country today will be deployed to the Western border zone where the highest urgency exists to protect our people.
Hon. Wale calls on the Prime Minister to discipline his Ministers from this practice which causes political instability at the provincial government level unless it is his government’s policy to do this.

Wale Alleges Meddling of National Leaders in Provincial Government Affairs

Leader of the Opposition Hon. Mathew Wale calls on national leaders not to meddle with provincial government issues for their own interests and those of their cronies and calls on national leaders to respect decisions made by provincial governments.
"This matter is so important that the government may have to borrow funds for it, as is the case in many other countries around the globe,” the Opposition Leader adds.

Wale Concerned with Current Quantity of Vaccine Supplies for Solomon Islands

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, says the government must do more to secure the much needed COVID-19 vaccines for all Solomon Islanders.
“This is an overwhelming and ethical responsibility that needs sound guidance, ethical leadership and requires a clear vision. I trust that you will discharge your duties with due diligence and integrity."

“Discharge Your Mandate Without Fear or Favour:’’ Governor General

The 4th Meeting of the 11th Parliament has commenced with the traditional Speech from the Thrown by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi.
“It has always been our position from the beginning that Mr Djokovic is an indigenous Solomon Islander and therefore a citizen,” Mr. Rano adds.

OPMC Says Djokovic is Still Chief of Staff

The recent High Court decision concerning the citizenship status of Mr. Robson Djokovic in no way impacts on his appointment as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC).
Coral bleaching of inshore reefs in the Solomon Islands.

Scientists Say Coral Bleaching in Solomon Islands Worrying

Scientists have identified a widespread coral bleaching event on shallow, inshore reefs that had been previously thought to be less reactive to climate stress, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said on Saturday.
“People are entitled to know whether their PM and OUR Party are entitled in law to remain in office regardless of this recent High Court judgment,” the Opposition Leader adds.

Wale Calls on Political Party Commission to Investigate Status of OUR Party and PM

Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Political Party Integrity (PPI) Commission to investigate the legal effect of the recent High Court findings in the case - Robson Djokovic v Attorney General on the status of OUR Party and the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he is willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine to demonstrate his confidence in its safety.

“I’m Willing to be Vaccinated to Demonstrate Confidence”: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he is willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine to demonstrate his confidence in its safety.
BSI officers during a destruction operation. At the background is the Biosecurity incinerator house built on the land that has now been sold by HCC.

MAL Condemns HCC’s Action in Selling off Biosecurity Incinerator Land

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has condemned the action taken by the Honiara City Council (HCC) to sell off its piece of land that housed the Biosecurity incinerator at Ranadi, East of Honiara.
The goods were destroyed at the MAL Biosecurity Quarantine site at Ranadi, East Honiara.

Biosecurity Destroys Confiscated Goods

Biosecurity officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) Friday, last week destroyed the dozen of concealed goods which was impounded from a shipment at the Ports International wharf in Honiara on Thursday 25th February.
“As the minister of the ministry of health, I can assure you that once my turn comes I will willingly take up the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca. If I or you the health workers are reluctant to take up this vaccine, no one will."

Health Minister; “I Will Willingly Take the COVID-19 Vaccine Once My Turn Comes"

The Minister of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Honourable Dr Culwick Togamana told health officials and workers who attended the first sensitization training on the COVID-19 vaccine last week Friday that he will willingly take up the COVID-19 vaccine, once his turn comes.
The Prime Minister said to protect our sea borders, in particular Choiseul, Shortland’s and Western provinces, Lord Howe and Temotu in the East, the National Government has also declared these provinces as emergency zones since 10th February 2020.

PM Says Government's Priority is to Protect Citizens

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the priority of the National Government’s redirection policy is to protect citizens from Covid-19.