CHOISEUL RESIDENTS SEEK BETTER REPRESENTATION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Aug. 19) – Tribal chiefs and people of Choiseul Province have called on Government backbencher and member of parliament for north west Choiseul, Clement Kengava, to accept a ministerial portfolio in the coalition government of Sir Allan Kemakeza.

President of the tribal chiefs association of Choiseul Province, Noel Poloso, says many people from the province feel their province is not fairly represented in cabinet, with the absence of any Choiseul representative in the current government.

Poloso says people of Choiseul hold the view that there are many issues concerning them, but which have not been fairly dealt with by the government.

He says one such issue which government has yet to seriously address is the compensation demand by the people for losses during the Bougainville crises in the early 90s.

He says the people of Choiseul feel that such demand could have been fairly dealt with if only they have a representative in Cabinet to push for political support.

Poloso claims that the people of Choiseul were aware that Kengava had declined a ministerial portfolio offered by the Prime Minister.

August 20, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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