Party Leadership Of Solomons PM Reportedly In Jeopardy

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Sogavare may be removed over port authority issues

By Aatai John

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 14, 2016) – The current ruling Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government is said to be going through a turbulence period following claims of mounting pressure to have the Prime Minister removed.

The move is set to go ahead if nothing is being done immediately by Manasseh Sogavare to solve the ongoing controversial issues surrounding the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) reform and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Collin Yow.

The Solomon Star was reliable informed that the highly debated SIPA saga, if remain unsolved sooner may end up in Parliament.

"There are plans going on to solve the SIPA saga once and for all, by removing the leader of the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government," the source said yesterday.

Parliament will sit for its first 2016 meeting starting next Tuesday.

The source also revealed that the SIPA reform has aggrieved many investors, thus the matter has turned into a battle of big players in politics backed by money.

The situation has led to cause a split between the DCC group, it was disclosed.

It was further claimed that a top Minister has threatened to walk out of the DCC government along with six other Members of Parliament (MP) if the PM go ahead and sack Mr Yow.

Therefore, PM has no choice at this time other than getting his Ministers and back benchers together to discuss a way forward that will solve the controversies surrounding the SIPA reform and the CEO, the source concluded.

Yesterday the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) has denied claims that some government members are pushing for the Prime Minister to terminate Mr Yow.

PM Press Secretary, Deli Oso said all government MPs know the Prime Minister has no power to terminate the SIPA CEO.

She said, such claims are misleading and came from people who can’t reason things out.

A political insider said some MPs started to lose confidence in the PM after failing to resolve the SIPA saga.

The controversial SIPA CEO since being appointed last year has made significant improvement to some of the services at Ports.

However, the Singaporean-born Australian had come under criticism for breaking the States Owned Enterprise (SOE) Act by venturing into importing rice, noodles and planning to buy sea and land planes.

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