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WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2015

His Excellency, Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui delivers the Speech from the throne.
His Excellency, Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui delivers the “Speech from the throne” on Tuesday the 24th March 2015, at the opening of the 2nd meeting of the 10th Parliament. On his right is the Speaker of National Parliament, Ajilon Jasper Nasiu and on his left is Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer.

His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui reminded Members of Parliament to reorganize their responsibilities.

He made this statement when delivering the speech from the throne at the opening of Parliament on Tuesday 24th March 2015.

He said, “People hold envious confidence in your leadership abilities and capabilities, to provide sound guidance and clear vision, not as micro-scale project managers, but as national legislators.”

His Excellency then draw the attention of Members to the spirit and letter of Solomon Islands national motto which is, “To lead is to Serve,” as they commence their journey of 4 years.

He further reminded that as leaders they have a responsibility to impart the right virtues to the youths and children of Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands Government firmly believes that the way forward, would be achieved, by implementing good policies and empowering our people to be engaged in productive activities and absorbed in gainful employment.

“Our people should not expect aid donors and politicians to provide cash and cargo-cult handout mentality. Such an attitude must be totally discouraged from making further in-road into Solomon Islands society. It must be disowned by everyone because it is a liability and disincentive to balanced economic growth.”

This attitude is inversely connected to the true nature of our richness; contrariwise we are endowed with abundance of natural resources.

His Excellency concluded that the Government’s Policy Statement, Translation and Strategy, which was launched on 27th January 2015, set out the policy direction which government will progress the destiny of our peoples and country in the next four years.

MONDAY 23TH MARCH 2015

Newly appointed Clerk, Mr. Clezy  Rore.
Newly appointed Clerk, Mr. Clezy Rore.

Parliament has welcomed the new Clerk to National Parliament.

He is Mr. Clezy Rore, 51 years of age who comes from Vella la Vella, Western province.

Mr. Clezy served as a Public Servant for 33 years, in which from 2001 to 2004 he works for Parliament as a Deputy Clerk.

He left Parliament in 2004 to do his undergraduate studies at USP and returned to work with Public Service. In his seniority with the Public Service, he held the post of Under Secretary for Ministry of Rural development and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources.

He recently graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the South Pacific in 2012, and continued to serve in our Public Service until when he resigned last year to contest the National General Elections for the North Vella la Vella Constituency.

In an interview with Mr. Rore, he is confident and happy to be appointed as the Clerk to National Parliament as he looks forward to carry out Developments that are currently underway and new ones that are yet to come.

When asked if he has any plans to share and implement during his term, he said he has some plans in mind that will go well with the vision for Parliament to become autonomous but now his focus now is to serve the Members of Parliament to the best of his ability.

Mr Clezy commences his duties as of today the 24th of March 2015.

MONDAY 23TH MARCH 2015

His Excellency, the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui will deliver the ’Speech from the Throne’ when Parliament commences its meeting on Tuesday 24th March.

The ‘Speech from the Throne’ by the Governor General marks the opening of the 2nd meeting of 10th Parliament.

The Governor-General will receive a Royal Salute before inspecting the police Guard of Honor when he arrives at the National Parliament. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Band and St Joseph’s Tenaru Pan-pipers will take part in the ceremony.

Following the short parade, the Governor General will be escorted into the Parliament Chamber where His Excellency will address Parliament.

Parliament will be adjourned after the ‘Speech from the Throne’. The Prime Minister’s address of thanks is expected to take place at a later date.

The Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast and His Lordship Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer are among other dignitaries and guests invited to attend the State Opening of Parliament.

TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2015


ABOVE:YWPG pose for the group photo in the Parliament Chamber during the 2015 annual planning Workshop

The Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG) has successfully completed a one day annual planning Workshop at the National Parliament Paul Tovua Complex on Friday 20th February 2015.

The Young Women Parliamentary Group held their annual planning Workshop after the appointment of the new Executive members for 2015. The newly formed Five-Member Executives are, Chairlady Lysa Wini-Simeon, Secretary Alicia Hilly-Kenilorea, Assistant Secretary Kimberly Dhawarah, members Clarinda Molia and Kyera Varnel.

The Executive’s work is to overseer the Parliamentary Civic Education Department headed by Ms Marisa Pepa, related to the terms of reference of the group.

Last week’s workshop had enabled the group to discuss some of their achievements, successes and challenges. Informative presentations were also made on Parliamentary practises and Committees by the Committee Secretariat Director Mr Marson Lilopeza.
Participants have echoed that they can literally understand the work of the committees and the functions of parliament after the informative presentations.

Following the presentations, they divided into three groups and translated their main thematic areas of focus into action plans for this year.

The YWPG members highlighted some of the challenging issues and that will be their focus to work on for 2015. These issues will be mainly on Women in Decision making, Advocacy, Policy and Legislation.

The Executive under the leadership of newly appointed Chair-Lady Ms Lisa Wini sees fit as an opportunity for YWPG members to dialogue with leaders and stakeholders to ensure policies and legislations passed by Parliament are effectively implemented by the responsible authorities. The Executive will meet sometimes this week to incorporate the final version of the 2015 annual work plan.

The YWPG is an initiative of Parliament formed in 2011 with a mission to create space for young women to experience and participate in leadership.

Membership of the Group is open to all young people who are interested in leadership.

TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2014


ABOVE:YWPG former chairlady, Grace Hilly presented the report to the Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs Hon.Jimson Tanagada

The Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG) has presented the survey report to the Honorable Minister for women, youth, children and family affairs Jimson Tanagada on Wednesday 18th February 2015.

This has indicated another push for YWPG to advocate for women in leadership.
The report which contained information on voter behavior towards women candidates before and after the 2014 Solomon Islands National General Election was presented to Hon Minister Tanagada by the executive members of YWPG namely Grace Hilly, Lisa Wini, Kristina Sogavare, Lilly Chekana, Marisa Pepa and Alice Willy.
YWPG executive member Ms Lisa Wini briefed the Minister on some factors women candidates are facing following their recent survey conducted in central Honiara constituency.

Ms Wini reiterated on early researches that women did not perform well during elections because of culture, lack of access to money and the influence of powerful electoral vote brokers.
“A large proportion of the respondents saw that corruption, due to vote buying was a major setback for women candidates not getting the votes needed to enter into parliament”

The Minister Hon Jimson Tanagada thanked YWPG for taking the initiative and assured them that the report will be used as a tool to pave the way for women to participate in political leadership. He affirmed his ministry s support towards the group as well as the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ethel Sigimanu.
Hon Jimson Tanagada also shared his experience during last year’s general election.
He said buying of votes and political propaganda was of course direct factors faced by both men and women candidates during elections.

“Educating voters about corruption practices is vital since we have literacy problem”
Minister Tangada has encouraged women candidates who want to run in future elections to have a good network and relationship with their constituents.
“I didn’t buy votes but because I had a good network with my constituents I won last year’s election, networking is one good strategy to enter parliament”
While throwing his ministry’s support on the survey report, Hon Tanagada has encouraged the YWPG (as advocators for women and young people) to do more in voter education awareness.

It’s understood that the next task is for the Ministry of Women, youths, children and family affairs to consider all recommendations made in the report.
According to Minister Hon JimsonTanagada, there is more to be done apart from the survey itself.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Douglas Ete when he launched the report in early January in Parliament said the survey provided opportunities for an improvement in YWPG capacity to develop and use policy research in their overall mission.
Karlyn Roughan compiled the report with the YWPG members and individuals, UNDP office in Honiara, and senior officers of the National Parliament.

The surveyors were trained by researchers from the Islands Knowledge Institution (IKI), Kellington Simeon and Paul Roughan.
Witnessing the presentation of the report on Wednesday was the Permanent secretary Mrs. Ethel Sigimanu and her staff of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family affairs.

THURSDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2015

Deputy Prime Minister Douglas Ete, centre, flanked by Grace Hilly (YWPG Chairlady, and Karlyn Roughan, with a copy of the report.Deputy Prime Minister Hon.Douglas Ete, centre, flanked by Grace Hilly (YWPG Chairlady, and Karlyn Roughan, with a copy of the report.

The Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG) had its report on the “Voter Behavior towards Women Candidates in Solomon Islands,” launched on Friday the 30th of January 2015.

The report which was launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Hon. Douglas Ete contained information on voter behavior towards women candidates before and after the 2014 Solomon Islands National General Election.

At the launching, Hon Ete said this government supports the intention of women participating in political leadership.

He assured that the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government will be working together with women to address their issues of concern.

Young women and men from all works of life under the umbrella of the Youth at Work were engaged by the YWPG at all stages of the project, from designing it, executing, analysis and reporting.

MONDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2015

Speaker Receiving Baelelea Bible

A New Testament Bible translated in Baelelea dialect was launched at the National Parliament Office today (Wednesday 28th January 2015).

Baelelea is situated at the Northern Region of Malaita Province.

Director of Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG), Mr. Timothy Matzke at the launching said the completion of the Bible was made possible through the tireless commitment of Baelelea people and organizations.

Mr. Matzke shared the history of how this new translated version came about and have acknowledged the following individuals for tireless efforts.

Pastor Eden Sanga, Pastor David Mike, James Onai, Jimmy Lufuota and Stanslao Talo who were members of members of the Baelelea Translation review committee as well as support from other indigenous Baelelea people and churches in the United States of America.

The Baelelea translated New Testament which is now at display at the National Parliament House foyer, took 3 years to complete.

TUESDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2014

Parliament has passed a resolution to authorize the issue of monies from the consolidated fund until the coming into operation of the Appropriation Act 2015.

The Honorable Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has moved this motion on Thursday the 19th of December 2014 according to Section 103(1) of the Constitution.

Section 103 (1) of the Constitution stipulates,

“That the National Parliament of Solomon Islands hereby resolves to empower the Honorable Minister for Finance to authorize the issue of monies from the Consolidated Fund for the purpose of meeting expenditure necessary to carry on public services at a level not exceeding the level of these services in the previous financial year, until the expiration of four months from the beginning of the financial year 2015, or the coming into operation of the Appropriation Act 2015, whichever is the earlier.”

According to Standing Order 26 (1), a notice must be given three clear days before a motion is moved.

However, Speaker of the National Parliament, Sir Ajilon Jasper Nasiu had explained that on grounds of public urgency, he has given prior permission to the Hon. Prime Minister to move his motion.

This resolution is to enable salaries and services to flow unimpeded from 1st of January 2015. When the 2015 appropriation Bill is presented to Parliament, in early 2015 any expenditure incurred to the provisions of section 103 (1) of the constitution will be included in the annual appropriation for each head.

THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2014

LEFT:Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu(Speaker)RIGHT:Hon. John M Fugui(Deputy Speaker)

The National Parliament of Solomon Islands has elected in a new Speaker

Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu who is a former Provincial Premier for Rennell and Bellona Province was elected by the 50 Members of Parliament shortly after taking their Oath of Allegiance in Parliament Wednesday morning.
Mr Nasiu won with a majority of four votes over his rival and former clerk to Parliament Ms Taeasi Sanga.
Former Speaker of Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza who presides over the election announced Nasiu’s victory after the election.
“Honourable Members it is an honour to announce that the candidate duly elected by members of parliament as the Speaker for the National Parliament of Solomon Islands is Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu, who polls 27 votes and Taeasi Sanga polls 23 votes, a majority of four votes.”
Mr Nasiu is the 6th Speaker of Parliament since Solomon Islands gained independence in 1978. He was nominated by the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Douglas Ete.
Meanwhile, the new Deputy Speaker of Parliament is Hon. John Moffat Fugui Member of Parliament for Central Honiara.
Hon. Fugui polled a total of 29 votes against Hon. David Tome, Member of Parliament for Baegu Asifola who polled only 21votes.

MONDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2014

The 10th Parliament will commence its first sitting on Wednesday 17th December 2014.

His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui, has already signed the proclamation of the sitting date in accordance with section 72 (1) of the Constitution.

This first sitting is decisive as members of the 10th Parliament will take their Oaths and elect their Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.

By virtue of section 64 (2) (c) (ii) of the Constitution, read with the proviso of section 65, the incumbent Speaker holds office until the next Speaker is elected, If the incumbent Speaker is not available, then the Deputy Speaker will preside over the election of the Speaker. The Speaker elect will then preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.

Meanwhile nominations for the Speaker opened on Sunday 14th December and closes on Tuesday 16th December 2014.

It is understood that the current Clerk to Parliament, Ms Taeasi Sanga is highly likely to be a candidate for the Speaker’s post. Ms Sanga has been advocated for and described by the general public in the mainstream and social media as a potential candidate for the Speaker’s position.

Ms Sanga told the Solomon Star’s weekend magazine that she’s ready to take up the Speaker’s post if that’s what the people want.

The Speaker’s post has been occupied by male Speakers since independence in 1978.

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