Solomons PM’s Recent Visits To Provinces Criticized

admin's picture

Solomons PM’s Recent Visits To Provinces Criticized MMF president claims MP’s ship contracted for travel

By Elliot Dawea

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 6, 2013) – President of Malaita Masina Forum (MMF) Charles Dausabea has described Solomon Island Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo’s recent trips to the provinces as "dubious."

Mr. Dausabea said during the PM’s trip to the Malaita Outer Islands and to Manaoba in North Malaita, parliamentarian Steve Abana’s boat MV Maetalua also accompanied the delegation.

"Now, his trip to the Shortland Islands also tags the ship along," Mr. Dausabea said.

He said MMF want to inform people they discovered some huge payments made to the shipping company.

"Such moves are not right because it’s not fair to other shipping operators."

Mr. Dausabea said the Government has a process, particularly the tender process to allow other shipping operators to apply.

"But for the Prime Minister to handpick the MP for East Fataleka Steve Abana’s ship, [this] has raised more concerns within the shipping operator’s circles.

"We were informed that Mr. Abana’s ship trip to Malaita outer islands cost some $300,000.00 [US$41,340] and such amounts would likely be spent on the trip to Shortland Islands.

He said MMF applauds the PM’s trips to the rural areas through the country, but that he must explain clearly why another MPs ship was used to accompany the delegation.

"Such action brings into question the government’s continuous trumpeted transparency and accountability, making it a total hypocrisy."

Solomon star contacted the office of the Prime Minister yesterday but they declined to comment.

A spokesperson only said Mr. Abana is Lilo’s political rival.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment