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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Solomons To Build New High Commission In PNG

By Alexander Rheeney in Port Moresby
Monday: February 25, 2008

Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Immigration William Haomae will lead a ground breaking ceremony in Port Moresby today to mark the construction of his country’s new diplomatic mission.

Haomae flew into the PNG capital on Saturday and will be joined by his PNG colleague Sam Abal at the building site in Waigani, close to other diplomatic missions and PNG government departments.


The beginning of construction comes close to three years after the Solomon Islands government agreed to endorse plans to build the new chancery in Port Moresby.

The work will be funded by the PNG government under its development assistance program to the Solomon Islands.
PNG architecture firm Archiscape Group, which was awarded the contract for the design of the building, will submit its design plans to the PNG Building Board soon for approval.

Work on the building is expected to start after approval is given by the building board and completed by June next year, says the Solomon Islands government media unit.

Haomae was accompanied to Port Moresby by the Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Barnabas Anga.

Haomae is also expected to discuss bilateral issues with Abal during his short stay in PNG.
Coincidentally, the two ministers flew to PNG on the same flight after the latter traveled to Honiara last week to attend a meeting of the Forum Foreign Minister’s standing committee on RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands).

It was at that meeting Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua announced that his government will overturn the decision of the Mannaseh Sogavare government to reject a Forum Review Report on the RAMSI.

The report will now go before a Solomon Islands parliamentary select committee for further discussion before a set of recommendations on course of action is forwarded to the government.

Dr. Sikua assured the Forum Foreign Ministers committee on RAMSI that his government will consult the Forum as well as countries that contribute to RAMSI on its deliberations.

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MEMBER WITHDRAWS MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN PREMIER

SIBConline News
25/02/2008

Malaita Provincial Assembly member for Kwarekwareo Ward in West Kwaio Charles Jeffery Olofia has withdrawn a motion of no confidence in the Provincial Premier, Richard Naamo Irosaea.

Government Communications Unit officer in the provincial capital, Auki Brian Waga reports that Mr Olofia withdrew the motion at a provincial assembly this morning.

Mr Waga says Mr Olofia withdrew the motion because he does not have the support of the members.

"What he said was that because of the mixed reactions and the apparent luck of substance to support his intention to move the motion had forced him to withdraw the motion in Premier Richard Irosaea."

Meanwhile, Waga says Premier Irosaea thanked the initiators of the motion saying he does not hold any ill-feeling towards them.However, he called on all Provincial members to cooperation and help develop Malaita province.
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Men in Black beaten 0-2

ZANZEER SINGH
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

BA'S O League title hopes hangs by a thread after going down to Kossa Football Club 0-2 in Honiara yesterday.

The hosts scored two goals in quick succession in the first spell on their way to remaining unbeaten in the Group B of the competition.

With the loss, Ba now needs to win its home games against Kossa FC and hope that Kossa and Tafea draw their final fixture. The Kossa team included World Beach Football Cup stars James Naka and Joe Luwi.

Backed by 11,000 fans at Lawson Tama Stadium the hosts made a bright start pushing deep into Ba territory.

Davani was an early threat for the Men in Black missing with a header.

A defensive blunder by Ba in the seventh minute allowed Kossa to grab the opening goal.

Davani scored to the delight of the home fans.
The Solomon Islands club shocked Ba again after four minutes.
This time James Naka outsmarted the Ba defence to shoot past Jone Sorolo in goal.

Naka nearly grabbed his double in the 16th minute but his long range shot struck the woodwork.
Kossa threatened again in final moments of the first spell.
Luwi and Naka combined well resulting in the Ba defence having to clear the ball off the line.

The clearance was intercepted by Luwi who rifled the ball wide off the cross bar.
Ba regrouped at half-time and came out firing in the second spell.

Keni Doidoi and Jone Vesikula tried to ignite the visitors.
Josaia Bukalidi missed a sitter in the 59th minute. The national rep rose high above the Kossa defenders but his header clipped the crossbar.

Davani caught Sorolo off his line with his long range effort but Vesikula cleared the ball off the line.
Ba had earlier lost to Tafea FC last week.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
GOVERNMENT MINISTER WARNS ABOUT PROJECT

SIBConline News
18/12/2007

A Government Minister warned today that the future of major development projects on Malaita, including palm oil plantations proposed for Auluta in the east and Waisisi in the west is at risk of folding.

The caretaker minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Severino Nuaiasi says the decision by MPs from Malaita Constituencies to desert the current Government has thrown the future of these and other major projects on Malaita in doubt.Mr Nuaiasi is the only MP representing a constituency on Malaita that remains with the government.

The rest have joined the Opposition group.In a statement through Government Communication Unit, Mr Nuaiasi said the Grand Coalition for Change Government is the only government that has focused on major development projects on Malaita.

He said they have palm oil projects proposed for Auluta and Waisisi and major deep seaports at Bina Harbor and Suava Bay to name a few.He said he as minister responsible can confirm that these projects are on line.Mr Nuaiasi said the action by MPs representing Constituencies on Malaita in moving away from the Government has jeopardized the future of these projects.

He said their actions beg the question of whether or not they are interested to create employment opportunities for the people of Malaita.Mr Nuaiasi said the most disappointing thing about the Opposition group is that it has been silent all along on their policy intentions.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Fred Fono says the caretaker minister is ignorant of the way national projects and government programs are being administered.He says the projects which Mr Nuaiasi refer to are on going projects which any new government must continue to support.

Mr Fono says the coalition for national unity and rural development are committed to those national projects.He says if his group came into power, they hope to gain donor and investor confidence once they are in power, something the former Sogavare government had lacked.He says the Coalition for National Unity has already finalised it's policy statement which it will only release when it takes over government.

Mr Fono accuses the caretaker Agriculture minister of engaging in political propaganda to get the people of Malaita to sympathise with the out-going government.
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Friday, December 07, 2007
FORMER PRIME MINISTER SENTENCED TO PRISON

SIBConline News
6/12/2007

The Central Magistrates Court in Honiara has sentenced former Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza to two months imprisonment and ordered to pay seven-thousand-500 dollars for three counts he was convicted of.

Magistrate Chris Vaas last month found Sir Allan guilty of demanding money with menace, intimidation and larceny. In his decision this morning Mr Vaas sentenced Sir Allan five months each for the three offences, but the time to be serve concurrently.

Magistrate Vaas said this mean that Sir Allan is to serve a total of five months only.However, the Magistrate said in view of the defendant's outstanding service to the nation, both before and since the commission of the offences, pursuant to Section 44 of the Penal Code he ordered that Sir Allan be released after serving two months of the sentence.

Magistrate Vaas said the balance of the sentence, namely three months, be suspended for a period of 12 months. He also allow three months for Sir Allan to pay the fines totaling seven-thousand-500 dollars. In default of payment, three months imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Sir Allan is out on one-thousand's bail pending an appeal by his lawyer against the Court decision which found the former Prime Minister guilty of the charges.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
OCEANIA FOOTBALL TEAMS UP WITH REGIONAL NEWS ASSOCIATION

SIBConline News
6/12/2007

The Oceania Football Confederation, OFC, is working on a regional soccer television network that will see OFC sanctioned football games beamed throughout the region.

OFC has had consultation with television companies in the region and the regional media body, the Pacific Islands News Association, PINA, to begin this strategy with pilot projects to begin early next year in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

OFC said this television network will establish a regional cooperation to promote Pacific identities on Oceania TV and new media.It will also promote key health social messages.

The world soccer body, FIFA has engaged French state television company, Canal Franch International to assist in this project. The firm will purchase television equipment and provide training for Pacific television companies involved in the project.

OFC wants to see direct connection between Oceania and the rest of the world in soccer in this new initiative pushed by FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.
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FORMER CITY MAYOR SENTENCED TO PRISON

SIBConline News
5/12/07

A former Honiara City Mayor was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment at the Honiara Magistrates Court.

The Corruption Targeting Team arrested David Dausabea, 54, on 28 August 2006 in relation to fraud offences allegedly committed on the Honiara City Council between 2000 and 2003.

Magistrate Chris Vass yesterday sentenced Mr Dausabea to 21-month jail term after finding him guilty of official corruption, false pretence and conversion.

Mr Dausabea was however informed that he can serve only seven months if he repays 42-thousand-200 to the Honiara City Council, Joseph Wane and Johnny Sy.

The court heard that Mr Dausabea spent money, paid to the Honiara City Council for land titles, for his personal use.The former Honiara City Mayor has 12 months to repay the money, or serve his full term in prison.

Mr Dausabea has offered to repay the money which has been misused.Magistrate Vass, in passing the sentence, said he has considered that Mr Dausabea was a first time offender.Mr Dausabea is a former police officer and younger brother of East Honiara MP, Charles Dausabea.
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GOVERNMENT FILLS IN MINISTERIAL PORTFOLIOS

SIBConline News
5/12/2007

The government has filled all vacant ministerial portfolios this afternoon with the appointment of three government backbenchers.

They are the MP for Central Makira, Bernard Ghiro; MP for Central Honiara, Nelson Ne’e and the MP for East Honiara, Charles Dausabea.Mr Ghiro is the Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace whilst Mr Ne’e and Mr Dausabea are the Ministers for Public Service and Home Affairs respectively.

The trio took their oaths of allegiance and office before the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena in a swearing-in ceremony at the Government House this afternoon.

The three ministries were left vacant upon the mass defection of government MPs last month.

Meanwhile, the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister says the Government rules with a 25 majority support following the return of three of its defector ministers and the crossover of three Opposition MPs.
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Friday, November 23, 2007
Opposition Determined to Set Things Right: Mr. Fono

Solomontimes News
BY JOY BASI


Leader of Opposition Fred Fono says intentions by the Prime Minister and the country's controversial Attorney-General to lodge a case in the High Court is a mere desperate attempt to stop Parliament from meeting.

In a press conference yesterday, Mr. Fono told journalists that such action demonstrates Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare cannot face Parliament because there is no majority for his government."... the Prime Minister cannot face the full Parliament because he no longer enjoys the parliamentary majority as he claims daily," the press conference was informed yesterday.

Mr. Fono claimed that "... the MPs supporting the Prime Minister and their campaign agents are continuingly selling the post of the Deputy Prime Minister and other Ministerial posts to MPs on the Opposition side".Solomon Times could not reach the government group for comment on the claim.

The Opposition Leader stated that the MPs of the opposition group are determined to set things right.Mr. Fono informed the press conference that their number stands at 26 with the continuing support of firm Opposition supporter, Sir Allan Kemakeza.

The Opposition Leader, in view of a letter from the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena to the Prime Minister and the Opposition, reiterated calls requesting Sir Nathaniel to immediately announce a new date for the meeting of Parliament."

The Parliament must be allowed to deal with the political and constitutional issues and not to be strangled by court proceedings," Mr. Fono stated.He stressed that it is impossible for a prime minister to lead with a minority and urges the Governor General to listen to the majority.Mr. Fono said that government action on retrieving vehicles from the former ministers and backbenchers has just consolidated them not to go back for reconciliation with the government.

Meanwhile, the Governor General has called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to set a date for a Parliament session before end of the year.

Sir Nathaniel, who initially refused to be involved in the political crisis, changed his position following a letter from Attorney General, Julian Moti to include the Governor General in his intended legal proceedings.

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MALAITAN VILLAGER CALLS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION

By Brian Wanga
Auki

A Malaitan villager is appealing to the Malaitan Leaders in the Opposition to reconsider their decision to push for the no-confidence motion in Parliament.

Mr Paul Umai from Gwaitaba'a in West Kwara'ae said that the grassroots people are fearful that the Bottom-up Approach policy of the present government is at risk of not being implemented as it was the main driving policy of the Grand Coalition for Change government led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

"We the people at the grassroots and village are confident and are looking forward to being part of the Bottom Up Approach Policy as for many years we have been ignored and by-passed by basic Government Services and we understand that only two years is left for your tenure in office as our elected leaders" Mr Umai said.

"To change Government now when the hopes of our people are high towards being partners in development would simply destroy any progress and belief in our political system of government and would brand our leaders as merely self serving" he added.

Mr Umai further questioned the wisdom in the rumors that a Guadalcanal MP Dr Derek Sikua was the Oppositions candidate for prime ministership.

"To have Dr Sikua as the Oppositions candidate just shows how insensitive our leaders are towards our people especially Malaitans who were and still are victimized and prejudiced due to the recent ethnic tension and are yet to have any meaningful and proper reconciliation with our brothers and sisters of Guadalcanal".

"How lacking can our wisdom be when we are aware that the agenda of the Bona Fide Demands of the Guadalcanal people are being pushed in National politics which raised questions of our unity and attacks the very fabrics of a harmonious society by seeking to destroy the national interest of our Nation Solomon Islands as a united people?”

"This is just simply a recipe for further problems in the near future", Mr Umai added.

Mr Umai further stressed that Dr Derek Sikua could be a good candidate for Prime ministership in the near future after our people have sorted out and made amends but just for now it may not be wise”, said Mr Umai.

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Opposition Leader Attacks Sogavare Court Strategy

Thursday: November 22, 2007
Pacific Magazine
Solomon Islands opposition leader Fred Fono has deplored a proposed court action by the Sogavare government through the attorney general, which the opposition leader, the leader of Independent members of Parliament and the Governor General are joined as parties to the originating summons.

The government will be seeking legal clarifications from the High Court on various constitutional requirements regarding the disputed meanings and applications of sections of the Constitution and Standing Orders of Parliament before the next meeting of Parliament.

In a letter to the Governor General, Attorney General Julian Moti states that in the current political climate, “it is inevitable that the present political crisis will ultimately travel along a litigious path for the final and authoritative resolution by the judiciary of the dispute concerning the proper meaning and applications of sections 102(1) and 103(1) of the Constitution and the circumstances which necessitates your intervention under Order 7(3) of the Standing Orders of the National Parliament.”

“In my role as the principal legal advisor to the Government, I have decided to initiate proceedings in the High Court for the authoritative determination of these issues which currently divide legal opinion sourced by the respective legal adversaries.”

Moti will file the case in court tomorrow.
But in a press conference this evening, Fono said it is a desperate attempt by Moti and Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to stop the Parliament from meeting. He said both men are abusing court processes to prevent Parliament from meeting.

“Such desperate attempt shows the prime minister is caring more for his own future and the thick skin of his friend Julian Moti, rather than the future of this nation and its people. This is also an admission by the prime minister that he cannot face a full Parliament meeting because he no longer enjoys a parliamentary majority as he claims,” Fono said.

He said the prime minister is arrogant by pretending to have majority support when he does not. Fono said government supporters continue make offers to opposition MPs of the post of deputy prime minister and other ministerial port folios left vacant by the MPs who deserted.

“They are wasting their time and the time of this nation. The MPs on the opposition side are determined and resolute in their bid to topple the Sogavare government … Parliament must be allowed to deal with constitutional and political issues and not to be strangled by court proceedings,” Fono said.

Fono repeatedly asked the Governor General to call an urgent meeting of Parliament to address the impasse.

Meanwhile, Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena has written a letter to both the prime minister and opposition leader, saying he was greatly disturbed by the impending court action.
Sir Nathaniel said the proposed action by the attorney general may sabotage the Governor General's constitutional role and responsibility to resolve the current political impasse through Parliament.

He said in view of the attorney general's proposed action, he is most inclined to request the prime minister to urgently advise him of a new date for Parliament to meet.

Just a day ago, in his address to the nation, Sir Nathaniel said the legal action was a matter for the government and was nothing to do with him as Governor General. He said he had no power to act alone in the situation.

But today, the Governor General said he was given legal advice that establishes the way forward for him to help resolve the impasse.

“In view of the new development being proposed by the attorney general, I am most inclined to now earnestly request the prime minister to urgently advise me…of a new date and time, by virtue of standing order7(3) and read with section 32 of the constitution,” he said.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Young People Want Active Role In Youth Development

Pacific Magazine News
Tuesday: November 20, 2007
(SPC)

The new Human Development Programme Adviser for Youth at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Rose Maebiru, says, ‘Young people want to be recognised as equal partners in their development.’

Maebiru believes that society must take youth issues seriously, which means that young people must be supported and guided to lead and manage their issues and other issues facing their communities. To that end, she is looking forward to working with regional partners to strengthen youth participation across the region.

‘This position gives me space to do crucial work like establishing networks and utilising existing ones to strengthen youth development,’ she says. ‘Youth development has a very wide impact, since what affects young people eventually affects the wider community. If you draw links between lack of education and crime, for example, you can see that what is initially a youth issue eventually becomes an issue for the entire community.’

Maebiru, who is from the Solomon Islands, has been involved in youth development work since 2001. Prior to joining SPC, she worked for Save the Children in Solomon Islands, promoting youth participation in social development. She has also worked in the area of HIV prevention.

She says she ended up in the youth sector by accident. ‘I had wanted to be an accountant when a research project on young people came up. I ended up working on the project and then one thing led to another, and now I’m passionate about youth development.’

At 32, Maebiru believes her young age is an advantage in her job. She says she often draws on her own experiences and can relate easily to young people.

The implementation of regional and national plans and policies is crucial to addressing youth issues, but regional initiatives must be well coordinated to be effective at country level. It is anticipated that the Pacific Youth Mapping Exercise, a research project that is being run by the SPC Human Development Programme, will contribute to coordinating regional efforts. The exercise aims to record all the services and projects for youth that exist in the Pacific, and store this information in an open-access database.

‘The database will be a fantastic resource to help establish an organised regional approach to youth development,’ Maebiru says.

Maebiru sees the integrated approach to human development fostered by SPC’s Human Development Programme as very positive for the youth sector because approaching development from a wider angle will help address issues that sometimes get overlooked – for example, those affecting young women. ‘Young women always slip through the cracks because talk about youth tends to focus on young men, and talk about women tends to target older women. But looking at youth together with gender will help to better address young women’s needs.’
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Young People Want Active Role In Youth Development

Pacific Magazine News
Tuesday: November 20, 2007
(SPC)

The new Human Development Programme Adviser for Youth at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Rose Maebiru, says, ‘Young people want to be recognised as equal partners in their development.’

Maebiru believes that society must take youth issues seriously, which means that young people must be supported and guided to lead and manage their issues and other issues facing their communities. To that end, she is looking forward to working with regional partners to strengthen youth participation across the region.

‘This position gives me space to do crucial work like establishing networks and utilising existing ones to strengthen youth development,’ she says. ‘Youth development has a very wide impact, since what affects young people eventually affects the wider community. If you draw links between lack of education and crime, for example, you can see that what is initially a youth issue eventually becomes an issue for the entire community.’

Maebiru, who is from the Solomon Islands, has been involved in youth development work since 2001. Prior to joining SPC, she worked for Save the Children in Solomon Islands, promoting youth participation in social development. She has also worked in the area of HIV prevention.

She says she ended up in the youth sector by accident. ‘I had wanted to be an accountant when a research project on young people came up. I ended up working on the project and then one thing led to another, and now I’m passionate about youth development.’

At 32, Maebiru believes her young age is an advantage in her job. She says she often draws on her own experiences and can relate easily to young people.

The implementation of regional and national plans and policies is crucial to addressing youth issues, but regional initiatives must be well coordinated to be effective at country level. It is anticipated that the Pacific Youth Mapping Exercise, a research project that is being run by the SPC Human Development Programme, will contribute to coordinating regional efforts. The exercise aims to record all the services and projects for youth that exist in the Pacific, and store this information in an open-access database.

‘The database will be a fantastic resource to help establish an organised regional approach to youth development,’ Maebiru says.

Maebiru sees the integrated approach to human development fostered by SPC’s Human Development Programme as very positive for the youth sector because approaching development from a wider angle will help address issues that sometimes get overlooked – for example, those affecting young women. ‘Young women always slip through the cracks because talk about youth tends to focus on young men, and talk about women tends to target older women. But looking at youth together with gender will help to better address young women’s needs.’
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
PM SOGAVARE CALLS ON SICA TO STAY OUT OFF POLITICS

Govt Media Services
By Deli Oso
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on the Solomon Islands Christian Association to act responsibly by allowing the current political impasse to be resolved at the political level.

Mr Sogavare made the plea in response to the front-page article of the Solomon Star today revealing that a powerful delegation from SICA met with the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Nathaniel Waena last Sunday pressing him to intervene in the current political turmoil by calling parliament to reconvene immediately to resolve the impasse.

SICA Secretary General, Reverend Bishop Philemon Riti was quoted by the daily newspaper saying the political crisis had been dragged too long and it must be solved immediately in parliament.

But responding to the statement by Rev. Bishop Riti, Prime Minister Sogavare said the political impasse was a matter that should be resolved at the political level and the action by SICA was totally irresponsible.

He said as a church group SICA should be neutral in any form of conflict including the current political impasse by playing a reconciliatory role between the government and its defector MPs.

“There is a bold line between the church and the state or government. The government is an institution set up under the constitution. How the government is set up and can be pulled down is clearly spelt out in the constitution,” Mr Sogavare said.
The Prime Minister said what SICA should also bear in mind was that new coalition of defector government MPs and the Opposition Group were yet to substantiate their allegations on why they wanted him removed from office.

Mr Sogavare said SICA should not judge the current political situation based on the general inclination of certain groups in the society who were so biased against the government or have connections with the Opposition Group.

Already the involvement of Mr Bob Pollard of the Transparency Solomon and Mr Mathew Wale of the Civil Society Group in SICA has placed SICA’s neutrality under question because the two are supporters of the Opposition Group, he said.

“SICA should not allow itself to jump the gun and feed itself on general inclination by groups working against the government due to the tough decisions it had taken on issues,” Mr Sogavare said.

Prime Minister Sogavare meanwhile assured the nation that as a responsible leader he would not allow the current political uncertainty to continue.

He also assured that Parliament would meet when the preparations for the next budget were finalised.

Mr Sogavare said claims suggesting that he wanted to delay the next parliament suitting for fear of the motion of no confidence filed against him by the Oppostion was incorrect.

He said he had nothing to fear about the motion as he had the numbers on his side.

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PM SOGAVARE CLEARS FURTHER OPPOSITION ALLEGATIONS

By Deli Oso
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has rejected further allegations against him by the Opposition Group in its second paid advertisement in the Solomon Star yesterday.

The Opposition group claimed in the advertisement that Mr Sogavare wanted to rearm the police for his own personal security, interfered in the Justice and Legal system and awarded contracts for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) bid and the recently announced cabinet housing estate without going through the proper procedures.

It also suggested that personal legal fees of the MPs for East and Central Honiara, Mr Charles Dausabea and Mr Nelson Ne’e respectively and the Minister for Finance and Treasury, Francis Zama should have been borne by the MPs themselves and not the government.

But responding to the paid advertisement this afternoon, Mr Sogavare said the allegations were fabricated by the ring leaders of the government defector MPs to give substance to their campaign to oust him from power.

He said his Grand Coalition for Change Government had made its position on the issue of rearmament very clear and that was to get the full approval of the people through the proposed review of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands as mandated by parliament in its last sitting before implementing its proposed rearmament programme for the Solomon Islands Police Force.

On the allegation of interference into the Justice and Legal system, Mr Sogavare said he was fully aware of his powers as head of the Executive Arm of the Government and their extents and had never at anytime did he intrude into other arms of the Government.

He said the claim that he ordered the former Acting Attorney General to dismiss charges against the Attorney General, Julian Moti and a person the Opposition referred to as a brother of the former Acting Attorney General was a total lie.

The Prime Minister said he had nothing to do with the case and the Opposition Group’s allegation implied to him that it did not believe that the law could be properly and successfully applied to achieve such victorious result.

As for the allegation on the award of the MCC consultancy contract, Mr Sogavare said the contract was awarded by cabinet to an accredited consultant and that engaged consultant presented a professional job.

He said the consultant was involved in getting Vanuatu’s application to the MCC approved.

On the Cabinet Housing Estate, Prime Minister Sogavare said the cabinet was yet to award the contract to any building constructor and the Quitales Property Limited which the Opposition claimed to have been given the contract only submitted its expression of interest to the Minister for Infrastructure Development after hearing the tender announcement.

The Prime Minister said the claim that he was intending to benefit from the deal was simply outrageous because it was simply contrary to his principles.

As for the decision to engage private lawyers to represent Government Ministers, backbenchers and the Attorney General, Mr Sogavare said it was a decision of the cabinet which the defector Ministers were part of and furthermore the government was obliged to pay for the legal fees of its MPs and also the Attorney General.

The Prime Minister said judging from the lies and misinformation contained in the advertisement, one would be fully justified to conclude that the government was dealing with a group of Parliamentarians who were determined to get what they wanted through dubious means.

Mr Sogavare’s response to the allegations in the Opposition Group’s first paid advertisement in the Solomon Star last Friday was published in yesterday’s issue of the daily paper and was also broadcasted on the National Radio and One News last weekend.

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