Politics Archive August 2021

The police is also urging Honiara residents within the emergency zone to return home well before the start of the trial lockdown at 6pm Sunday 29th August 2021.

Government Pushes Ahead With Trial Lockdown

Despite calls for the postponement of the trial lockdown by the Opposition group the government is going ahead with its planned simulation lockdown.
“This is a serious legal issue of public interest,” the Opposition Leader said, referring to the views expressed by Sir Frank Kabui.

Opposition Leader Calls for Postponement of Trial Lockdown

With just 38 hours to go before the trial lockdown starts, Leader of the Opposition Mathew Wale is calling on the Prime Minister to order its postponement.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare launched the Solomon Islands Economic Stimulus Package in early May 2020. Over $US39 million was committed by government.

Solomon Islanders Critical of Stimulus Package Payout

A recent survey conducted by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) say Solomon Islanders are skeptical of the recent economic stimulus package (ESP) payout.
Any person breaking the Lockdown Order will be liable to a maximum penalty of SBD$15,000 or face imprisonment for 5 years, or both, under the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.2) Regulations 2021.

Attorney General: ‘Adhere to Lockdown Orders’

Attorney General Muria John (Jnr) calls on the public and especially people residing inside the Honiara Declared Emergency Zone to respect and adhere to the lockdown orders, which will come into effect next Sunday, 29th at 6:00 pm and cease on Tuesday, 31st at 6:00 am.
The yacht is similar in size and color to the one pictured.

Suspicious Foreign Yacht Reported Outside of Ugi Island

The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the Kirakira Police Station in Makira- Ulawa Province warned people against going to a sailing ship anchored outside Selwyn Bay in Ugi Island.
The lock-down plan for the Honiara Emergency Zone will start on 6pm Sunday 29th August to 6am Tuesday 31st August 2021.

Cabinet Approves 36 Hour Lock-down for Honiara Emergency Zone

Due to the surge of the deadly COVID-19 delta variant strain globally and in our neighboring countries, the need to test and sharpen our preparation and response plans is pertinent in preparation for limited re-opening of flights.
His recent video posting on social media has become the talk of the town, not so much about what he said, but because an official complaint was made by a Member of Parliament (MP) against Trevor, prompting the police to respond.

Bastion Talk (of the Town)

Bastion Talk is a social media advocacy platform hosted by Israel Trevor Sibia, seeking to voice the frustrations of the people of Guadalcanal and Solomon Islanders generally.
On the occasion to mark the province’s second appointed day, Premier Sade told the people that the transfer instrument was signed on 17 July 2021.

GP in Process to Take Hold of Matanikau Industrial Area

The Guadalcanal provincial government is now in the process to claim the Matanikau industrial area in Central Honiara.
The statement said the process for removing a Prime Minister is through the National Parliament and not by an armed group.

Government Speaks Out on Threats to Remove Sogavare by Force

The government says that the ongoing rumours of an armed group seeking to remove Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is not in the best interest of peace and stability, particularly at a time when COVID-19 poses a greater threat to the country.
As part of building confidence around COVID-19 vaccines, acting Premier and Deputy Premier Hon. Randle Sifoni gets his first COVID-19 jab

COVID-19 Vaccination Rolls Out in Malaita Province

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and provincial health workers in Malaita Province have launched the COVID-19 vaccination program in Auki, Malaita.
He appeals to the general public not to panic or fear if they see the high visibility presence of the police.

Police Maintain High Visibility in Honiara

Officers of Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara will conduct a High visibility presence to monitor the situation in Honiara after a protest was planned to happen today 12 August 2021.
“COVID-19 does not discriminate – it affects all and if you are not vaccinated, you will become the weak link that can provide an entry point for the virus to enter and infect those close to you.”

Sogavare Defends Mandatory Vaccination Policy

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has defended his governments decision to enforce the mandatory administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
"I also remind the public that it is an offence under the SOPE Regulations to abuse or threaten any authorized officer that is doing his or her job to protect the citizens of this country from COVID-19," Sogavare said.

Frontliners Deserve Our Respect: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on the public to respect frontliners as they have sacrificed so much to keep the country safe.
Police has also credited certain individuals present during the planned protest for calming the situation and dispersing the crowd.

Police Assures Public Protest Situation Under Control

After yesterday’s confusion caused by disgruntled protestors the police has assured the public that everything is under control and everybody should go about with business as usual.
“This is really lowering the standard of the government. In the government fleet, only certain vehicles are used and I don't think caldinas and RAV4s should be part of the government approved fleet”, Lilo said.

Lack of Standardization of Government Vehicle Fleet a Concern

“The lack of standardization of the government vehicle fleet is concerning,” says a former Finance minister and Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo.
"The ministry is urging the public with grievances and disagreements with the current vaccine roll out to utilize existing proper channels and relevant legal avenues to express themselves rather than in such disturbing manner”, said Mrs. McNeil.

COVID-19 Vaccinators Verbally Abused

The Ministry of Health says it is saddened by verbal abuse and threats made against a group of vaccinators in Honiara last week while rolling out vaccination.
“It will set the focus in which the Government will deliver its security aspirations and ensuring that all citizens live in peace, harmony and prosperity,” he said.

Peace and Security of Citizens is Top Policy Priority: PM

The peace and national security of the country and its citizens is a top policy priority of the Government, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says.
The Prime Minister and Premier Sade unveiling the new Marau Township master plan.

Government Committed to Infrastructure Development in Guadalcanal: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the Government will continue to support the maintenance and rehabilitation of Guadalcanal province feeder roads.
Prime Minister Sogavare, Premier Sade, Provincial Minister Seleso and MP for East Guadalcanal and Mines Minister Tovosia cutting the cake.

PM Sogavare Graces 2nd Appointed Day Celebrations in Marau

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has graced the Guadalcanal 2nd Appointed Day celebrations in Marau, East Guadalcanal.
Prime Minister is escorted by GP Deputy Premier on arrival at Marau sound.

Marau Sound Welcomes Prime Minister

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has arrived at Marau station, East Guadalcanal yesterday morning (01st August), ahead of today’s celebrations to mark the Guadalcanal Province’s 37th Second Appointed Day.