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Thursday, March 01, 2007

North Malaita people condemn threat and swearing against parliamentary member

The people of a North Malaita tribe have condemned the disrespect shown to their member of Parliament, Daniel Enele Kwanairara during the days leading up to the recent planned no-confidence motion which was later disqualified due to failing legal requirements.

Opposition leader and MP for Central Kwara'ae, Fred Fono; Independent leader and MP for North Malaita, Enele Kwanairara; East Are Are MP, Edward Huniehu and Small Malaita MP William Haomae have all received death threats from unidentified people believed to be living in Honiara because of their support to the opposition grouping.

They were threatened prior to the planned motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister last Friday.

Chief Kemuel Konainao of the Fauthari Tribe of North Malaita says the threat and swearing at their leader is a very serious matter according to their tradition.

"We are sad that our leader Enele Kwanairara who represents us in Parliament had been threatened and sworn-at. We are disappointed and that we would like the government to look into the matter. The threat and swearing are very serious matters."

Meanwhile, people of the Alite Tribe of Toabaita House of Chiefs of North Malaita have demanded the government to pay compensation for threats and swearing made on their member of Parliament, Daniel Enele Kwanairara.

The people of Alite Tribe says they are convinced that the perpetrators or whoever is responsible has close ties with the present government. The motion was disqualified from being tabled last Friday because it needed seven clear days notice to be tabled in Parliament.

A statement by chiefs, elders and people of the Alite Tribe of which MP Kwanairara is a member are demanding that the national government deliver a compensation payment within 14 days from today. The statement says at the lapse of that period, the tribesmen of Alite will organise a peaceful march to the Office of the Prime minister and make a further presentation and appropriate action. The Alite people say the threat and swearing cannot be brushed aside nor delayed as this will have implications for the fragile peace the country now enjoy.

Source: SIBC

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