Politics Archive May 2021

The Prime Minister said the key priority policy position of the DCGA for the CEMA reforms is clearly stipulated under the Economic Development Fundamental Key Policy Objective 5.1.2(c) (VI) to drive revitalization of CEMA and seek Cabinet approval to re-instate the trading function of CEMA.

CEMA Revitalization & Recapitalization Strategy Launched

The Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has officially launched the CEMA “Revitalization and Recapitalization Strategy” and formally declare CEMA’s trading and commercial functions reinstated.
Pelau in Malaita Outer Islands were amongst those with Health Centers that had a screening surveillance done by Ministry of Health and the tests came back negative.

Solomon Islands Still Remain Covid Free

In his recent nationwide address, the Prime Minister has announced that the Solomon Islands has been COVID-19 free now for more than a month.
“I again call on everyone 18 years and older in Choiseul and Shortland’s to please take your first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. You are living next to the border. Should there be a case from the border from Bougainville, and you are not vaccinated, you will not be protected,” the Prime Minister said.

15,000 Vaccinated So Far: PM

Since March, more than 15,000 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in the country.
Ministry of Health is calling on all persons 18 years and above in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal that can easily access the Central Field Hospital.

Covid 19 Vaccination Now Open for 18yrs and Above

This week, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) wish to reiterate that COVID-19 vaccination at the Central Field Hospital, Honiara is now open for all persons 18 years and above in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province.
Materials being offloaded at a log pond in East Guadalcanal.

GPG Concerned With Offloading of Materials at Log Pond

The Guadalcanal Provincial Government (GPG) is concerned about the offloading of materials at a log pond outside of Honiara.
He then points out that the weaponizing of the health situation and condition of a beloved leader for political gain is a dangerous turn of events for our nation.

Wale Condemns Politicization of Premier Suidani’s Health

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, has expressed his dismay on what he sees is a case of clear politicization of the medical condition and health woes of the Premier of Malaita Province, Hon. Daniel Suidani.
The proposal to buy houses is still to be approved as the Government has set up a Taskforce headed by the Ministry of Public Service to review the Public Service Rental Scheme to compare financing options for the Housing scheme.

Government Distance Itself From Mamara Development

The Government is yet to make any formal agreement with Metropolis Mamara Development Ltd to buy houses for public Servants that are under construction at the Mamara New City, west of Honiara.
Samoa's first female prime minister was locked out of parliament by the country's outgoing leader - but still sworn into office in a makeshift ceremony held inside a tent.

FAST Party Lawyer Dismisses Claims of Swearing in as Illegal

The lawyer acting for the FAST party in Samoa has rejected claims that the swearing in of the party's Fiame Naomi Mata'afa as Prime Minister on Monday, in a tent outside of Parliament, was unlawful and unconstitutional.
Galo is New MP for South Choiseul

Galo is New MP for South Choiseul

Sammy Galo has been elected as the new Member of Parliament for the South Choisuel Constituency.
30 health workers comprising of doctors, nurses and data and risk communication officers of the Ministry of Health are now ready to commence the roll out of the Sinopharm vaccines.

Health Ministry Prepares for Sinopharm Roll Out

Preparation are underway for the launch of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine today.
He said despite the low turnout on Anuta island, it was reportedly calm and peaceful in both islands.

Poor Voter Turnout in Anuta

Only two voters turned up to vote on Anuta island for the ward 16 provincial by-election. On Wednesday 19 May 2021, electorates in ward 16 which is Tikopia and Anuta went to the polls to vote for a new provincial member since the termination of their MPA by the provincial speaker in August last year.
Henry Deva, South Choiseul Returning Officer.

Counting Continues for South Choiseul - Two Batches Left

A new member of parliament for the South Choiseul constituency is expected to be announced today.
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (above) unseated the world's second-longest serving prime minister - Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi - who has been ruling the country since 1998.

The Woman Who Unseated Samoa's Prime Minister of 20 years

Samoa is set to get its first female prime minister, marking the end of unprecedented political drama in the small Pacific island nation.
Strengthening People with Disabilities Right for Inclusive and Resilient Communities

Strengthening People with Disabilities Right for Inclusive and Resilient Communities

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Solomon Islands, under the Outstanding Women initiative, has launched a series of dialogues to discuss community priority issues, including women’s empowerment and social inclusion, climate change and environment.
In South Choiseul, people have been flocking to the Polling Stations since 7am.

Solomon Islanders Go to Polls Today in By-elections

Today is polling day for electorates in South Choiseul, Kirugela ward in East Choiseul and Anuta/Tikopia ward in Temotu.
Police Formally Charge Djokovic

Police Formally Charge Djokovic

The National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have formally charged the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for breaches of the Electoral Act 2018 and the political party integrity act on 13 May 2021.
The approval was made following considerations by the National Medicines and Therapeutic Committee.

Australian Made AstraZeneca Approved for Rollout in SI: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Australia have been approved to be used in Solomon Islands.
Minister Giro (second from right) and his senior officials were in Noro over the weekend to support and commemorate World Tuna Day in the Tuna Capital.

Fisheries Minister Assures Support for Tuna Industry

The Solomon Islands Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Nestor Giro has highlighted a number of strategic approaches his Ministry is taking to ensure the country receives maximum benefits from Tuna fisheries.
OIC Tunuki says, “EOD operators have identified the bombs, they are US 105mm High Explosive Projectile remains from World War II.”

101 WWII Bombs Removed From Residential Area

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has removed 101unexploded ordnance (UXOs) at Gilbert Camp in Honiara in a two days operation.
The aerial view of the Noro Port.

Noro Port Facilities Applauded

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development Manasseh Maelanga has praised the Solomon Islands Ports Authority for continuing to modernize its facilities at its second international Port of Noro, Western Province.
MV Florence was chartered for the electoral officials to Anuta and Tikopia Islands.

All Set for Provincial by-election in Tikopia and Anuta

Electoral Officials are now on their way to Anuta and Tikopia for the Ward 16 provincial by-election.
The guide is said to be a tool that will guide DSE and its member organizations to assist and enable communities to fully participate in the national budget preparation process, advocate and monitor its implementation.

NGOs Launch Government Budget Guide for Citizens

A simplified budget guide for Solomon Islanders was launched on Monday by the Development Services Exchange (DSE).
Like other democratic governments, Solomon Islands should be calling on China to provide meaningful and unfettered access to the United Nations and other independent observers to ascertain the situation.

Solomon Islands Voted Against its Own Values

Less than a year after Solomon Islands switched to China the government was pressured to vote against its own democratic values and principles.
(L-R) Permanent Secretary Collin Beck, Governor General Sir David Vunagi, Ambassador designate John Moffat Fugui and Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele during the Commissioning ceremony at Government House.

Solomon Islands Assigns First Ambassador to China

Solomon Islands first ever Ambassador designate to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), John Moffat Fugui was commissioned by the Governor General, Sir David Vunagi at Government House yesterday.
He said the recent allegations by Mr. Sore sends clear signals that the level of corruption within HCC goes far beyond what was earlier investigated and regrettably, appear endemic and deliberately engineered to serve the interest of Councilors.

Wale Calls for Dissolution of City Council

The Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Minister for Home Affairs to quickly dissolve the Honiara City Council and to review its structure.
Honiara based CSO participants with Clerk to Parliament (C), Mr. David Kusilifu.

Budgetary Information Workshop Organized for CSOs

A one week information workshop on the 2021 national budget for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) is currently underway in Honiara.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the MHMS Technical working group has met to finalize the roll out plan of the Sinopharm Vaccines to be presented to the National Drugs, Medicines and Therapeutic committee for approval.

WHO Approves Sinopharm Vaccine: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced that the World Health Organisation [WHO] has approved the Sinopharm vaccine under its Emergency Use Listing.
Australian Defence Adviser Southwest Pacific, Commander Mark Northcote, said Defence has worked closely with Solomon Islands throughout the pandemic to boost the RSIPF’s COVID-19 response and preparedness at the western border.

Australian HMAS Larrakia to Boost Maritime Surveillance in Western Border

HMAS Larrakia will arrive in the Solomon Islands this week to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force’s (RSIPF) COVID-19 response.
The Prime Minister said the sporting facilities will comprise a strategic investment that will unify Solomon Islands as a nation.

PM Graces PG 2023 Stadium Ground Breaking Ceremony

It is yet another significant milestone as Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare graced the ground-breaking ceremony of the 2023 Pacific Games Stadiums project in Honiara today.
The shipping agent boarded MV Chefoo with a Port Health Quarantine Officer of the Ministry of Health who cleared the vessel after conducting health assessment and review of relevant health documentation provided by the captain.

MHMS Responds to Opposition Office on Vaccine Roll Out and MV Chefoo Issue

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) as the government ministry leading COVID-19 response, acknowledge concerns raised by the Opposition Office regarding dire situation in India and the government’s plans to acquire bulk of AstraZeneca vaccines from India.
“When it comes to the press this responsibility underlines the indisputable importance of verified and reliable information, anything short of this is an abuse of this fundamental right.”

Constitution Protects Freedom of Expression: Sogavare

The fundamental right of freedom of expression will continue to enjoy constitutional recognition in Solomon Islands.
Hon. Wale has cautioned the Oversight committee to pay particular attention to this shipping agent, stressing that there is the suspicion that this shipping agent is given special treatment by the Oversight committee in the clearance of their vessels.

MV Chefoo Expose Gaps in Our Covid Preparedness

Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale, is concerned about the actions alleged to have been taken by the shipping agent of MV Chefoo recently, which was in direct breach of the Standard Operating Procedures governing the clearance of foreign ships.
Representatives from SICCI and Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare.

SICCI Commits to Ongoing Partnership With Government

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has reiterated its commitment to continue growing the strong partnership it has established with the Solomon Islands Government.