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Kemakeza criticized for lack of accountability to constituents

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Sept 9, 2009) - A Russell Islander has called on the Solomon Islands government to engage a qualified accounting firm to thoroughly investigate and audit funds allocated to the Savo/Russell Constituency under Sir Allen Kemakeza’s leadership.

The islander, Eddie Grant Suku, claimed since Sir Allen became an MP for Savo/Russell, he never released any report as to how funds allocated for his people were utilized.

He said his committee never makes any assessment on how many projects were funded under each scheme since he become a parliamentarian for the last 18 years.

Mr. Suku urged responsible ministry in the Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua led government to quickly investigate the matter.

[PIR editor’s note: Allen Kemakeza, who served as Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006, has represented Savo island in the Russell islands since 1989. He is currently Minister of Forestry. Kemakeza was prime minister in 2003 when a multinational peacekeeping force led by Australia – Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands, or RAMSI – landed in Honiara and began restoring law and order after years of corruption and lawlessness. Kemakeza served a five-month prison term last year after being convicted in 2007 of intimidation and larceny in connection with the burning of the offices of an Australian law firm in 2002. ]

He said people in the constituency have been waiting but such developments never materialize to improve their living standard.

While Solomon Islands and other international communities highly respect his status as a statesman, he failed miserably to inject tangible development in his constituency," he said.

Suku pointed out that he never implements his plan for the people of Savo/Russell constituency.

He added since the constituency has no representative in the national parliament, social services which needs to be delivered to the people are not properly administered as a result of poor leadership from the so called politicians.

Attempt to contact Sir Allen for comments was unsuccessful.

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