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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

PM says Leader of Opposition's statement not justified

By Deli Oso (PM Press Secretary)

The media statement by the Leader of the National Parliamentary Opposition, Hon. Fred Fono, describing Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare’s national address on the controversial Terms of Reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the Honiara April riot appears to be an attempt to stir further public controversy.

Mr Sogavare’s national address has been his only explanation relating to the action taken by the Attorney General which was unnecessarily launched into the public arena during his absence. Without proper clarification by the Prime Minister, the matter would be left open to speculation. Having publicly clarified his position, he will now leave it to the courts to decide.

What was described as a rhetorical speech by the Opposition Leader was precisely intended to be so, as a sincere measure to rectify the misinformation that has been presented in the media. If Hon. Fono took note of the rhetoric in Prime Minister Sogavare’s address, he would not query what has already been widely circulated in recent media reports relating to advice tendered by the Attorney General.

It is a common practice for any leader to appoint individuals who have the necessary qualifications to perform mandated tasks pertaining to specific areas of responsibility. Further, it is important that whoever is chosen will represent the policies and sentiment of the ruling government. This is why our democratic system of government caters for political appointments to ensure no disparity from within the government machinery. The simple question is: if we cannot work together, how are we going to properly develop our true potential?

Everyone, however, is entitled to their own opinion and as the Opposition Leader, we can appreciate his objective point of view. For the public's information the Prime Minister will go all the way to prove he is a leader committed to an honest cause and will act in accordance to set legal processes and procedures in representing public interest and the people of Solomon Islands.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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