Solomon Star

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Sept. 19) – Solomon Islands Attorney General Primo Afeau has stepped down following pressure from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to do so.

Very soon, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission will announce a replacement.

Who the new Attorney General will be, no one knows, but these days, things are starting to go off hand within the government.

The seeking of legal advice outside of the Attorney General's Chambers is not new. It started way back during the Solomon Mamaloni Government. They hired foreign lawyers, bypassing legal procedures.

The Attorney General, who is the sole government's legal adviser, is always ignored and with this type of practice, the public at large with no legal knowledge could work out that something smelly have been going on within the Solomon Islands government.

Many times in the past, the government ignored the Attorney General's Chambers, but only to find itself in a total mess when dealing with multi national financial transactions, which never materialized. Where these huge sums of money ended up, no one knows.

When this [Sogavare’s] government came into power, people's hope was that they would do better to clean up corruption throughout Solomon Islands. However, as far as the public at large can see, this is getting worse despite the presence of RAMSI [Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands] in Solomon Islands.

Let us take for example the positions of the two members of parliament for East and Central Honiara.

[PIR editor’s note: Member of Parliament Charles Dausabea has been appointed Minister Of Police and National Security and Member of Parliament Nelson Ne'e has been given the culture and tourism portfolio. Both have been charged in connection with recent rioting in the capital, Honiara, that followed the election of Mr Sogavare's predecessor, Synder Rini. ]

They are still holding onto power in the same capacity as other members of parliament.

They still have the power to dish out thousands of dollars to groups and individuals in their respective constituencies. The family of the East Honiara MP has moved into a government house. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Corruption is so huge that it is a disease found in all government ministries right down to the provincial level. This practice has filtered into private companies, which affiliated with the government.

The aim of the [Sogavare] government now is to cover up. If this is the case, those who are doing the cover up are involved.

The right thinking people of Solomon Islands now realized that the first place to destroy in order to succeed in this cover up is the judiciary of Solomon Islands.

We want justice in Solomon Islands because so many prisoners behind bars now are just victims of a much greater monster. Is this what the government wants?

September 20, 2006

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