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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Kemakeza speaks out on government's handling of Moti's secret flight

Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister and member of Parliament for Savo and Russells, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has said the government has mishandled the issue of the secret flight into Solomon Islands of the suspended Attorney General, Julian Moti, in October last year.

Speaking in Parliament this week on the motion seeking the government to allow the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commission of Inquiry to come to Solomon Islands to do further investigation, Sir Allan said the people of the country want to see this done.

Sir Allan said the Moti saga and other issues had worsen the deteriorating diplomatic row between Solomon Islands and Australia.

He said soon neighbouring countries of the Melanesian Spearhead Group including Vanuatu, the Pacific Forum and the Commonwealth will be dragged into the issue.

Sir Allan said the issue has destroyed the good image of Solomon Islands both nationally and internationally.

"For the sake of one person the whole country suffers. That is the true message. And I question, what is so special about this person. What is so special about this person Mr Speaker, that will destroy the good image of this country, is causing much discussions among the people, and that the Trade Unions are moving in."

Sir Allan warned Parliament that if the government does not handle the situation well, it will destroy the country.

Meanwhile, a motion raised by Opposition leader Hon Fred Fono calling on the government to allow the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Inquiry to conduct their inquiry in Solomon Islands was defeated in parliament on Friday.

Source: SIBC

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