The Member of Parliament for Savo/Russells and former Prime Minister, Sir Alan Kemakeza has joined the Grand Coalition for Change Government.

Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Rence Sore said Sir Allan defected to the government bench today and was appointed chairman of the Solomon Islands Water Authority board.

Mr Sore said the Minister for Mines, Energy, Mr Siriako Usa, who was also responsible for water resources, this morning signed the necessary instruments to formalize the appointment.

The SIWA board had been without a chairman since the MP for West Are Are, Mr, Severino Niuaiasi vacated the position upon his appointment as Minister for Agriculture and Livestock.

Meanwhile, the government is expecting more crossovers from the Opposition Group.