Compensation Demanded From Solomons Opposition Leader

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Minister’s supporters stone Sikua’s house over alleged insults

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 5, 2013) – A group of disgruntled supporters of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Baegu/Asifola, and minister of agriculture, David Tome have over the weekend demanded compensation from the Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Dr. Derek Sikua.

This was after they accused him of allegedly insulting and swearing at Mr. Tome outside Parliament House during the last day of the recent Parliament sitting.

According to reports reaching Solomon Star, the group went up to Dr. Sikua’s residence on Saturday morning at around 9am and starting stoning his residence, and demanding compensation for the alleged swearing.

"There were about seven people who came up to Dr. Sikua’s residence and demanded compensation.

"They said that they had been directed by Mr. Tome himself (who is currently overseas) to come and seek compensation from Dr. Sikua for insulting and swearing at their MP during a confrontation outside Parliament House during the recent sittings," witnesses told the Solomon Star.

Witnesses added that Dr. Sikua was not at his residence at the time when the men arrived.

However adding that one of his (Dr. Sikua’s) relatives, George Palua then gave the men SBD$500 [US$67.95] as peace money, with the knowledge that no further compensation demands be made until Dr. Sikua himself and Mr. Tome resolves the matter.

Witnesses said that the money was given to the men in the presence of police who were called to the scene following the incident.

Mr. Palua when contacted on Monday refused to confirm or deny that peace money was given to the constituents, however confirmed that the men did come to Dr. Sikua’s residence and demanded compensation.

"I will not confirm nor will I deny any money being paid to the money following the incident.

"The matter will be settled soon by the two MP’s themselves," Mr. Palua said when contacted.

Attempts to talk to Opposition Leader, Dr. Sikua on the matter on Monday were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile Police confirmed being aware of the incident, however failed to confirm or deny if any peace money was given to the Baegu/Asifola constituents.

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