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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC, April 27) – Veteran Solomon
Islands political leader Benedict Kinika died at his home island in Makira

Kinika, who served three terms as Member of Parliament for East
Makira Constituency in the 1970s and 1980s, is also remembered as the country's
first deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea when
Solomon Islands attained independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.

He was among the delegation of parliamentarians that signed the
independence order with the British Government at Westminster in 1976

An ex-Marist Brother of the Roman Catholic Church, the late
Kinika also taught at Tenaru Secondary School and was a longtime warden of the
Honiara Technical Institute which has now become the Kukum campus of the College
of Higher Education.

During his political career, the late Kinika, helped to
establish Solomon Islands Plantations Ltd., the former Solomon Taiyo company,
and was instrumental in having the Forum Fisheries Agency Center located in

He represented Solomon islands in various international meetings
such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and the Asian
Development Bank in bids to secure loans for the development of Solomon islands.

Kinika's latest quest for a parliamentary seat was in the 2000
national general elections when he lost the Central Makira constituency seat to
the sitting member, Bernard Giro.

He was survived by his wife and five children and grand

April 28, 2003

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