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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Former Solomons PM says Sogavare's attack on foreigners 'shameful' as his advisor Moti is also a foreigner

Former Solomons Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza yesterday described as shameful Prime Minister Sogavare’s accusation of foreign elements.

Sir Allan said Mr Sogavare hated foreigners but yet he has been advised by a foreigner - Julian Moti.

Speaking at the Motion of Sine Die yesterday, Sir Allan said he could not understand why Mr Sogavare hates foreigners but was advised by a foreigner.

“Look on your right...who is there?” Sir Allan asked when making reference to Mr Moti who sat next to the PM in Parliament. Shame to have a foreigner sitting next to you,” Sir Allan said.

Mr Sogavare was bitterly disappointed with what he described as continued interference by foreigners into domestic politics.

At the same time, Sir Allan claimed in Parliament that the Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena is on his way out. Sir Allan shockingly revealed that he had heard from the “horse’s mouth” that Sir Nathaniel will be removed.

When the Minister of Finance Gordon Darcy Lilo made a point of order and requested Sir Allan to reveal his source, Sir Allan said: “The one told to replace him.”

He revealed that chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Edmund Andersen was the person who told him. Mr Andersen has been at odds with the Government over the Julian Moti issue. He even wrote to the Opposition at the beginning of the current session that the Public Service Commission does not recognise Mr Moti’s appointment as Attorney General.

Meanwhile, Sir Allan said it was also a shameful thing for any parliamentarian to try and get rid of the Speaker Sir Peter Kenilorea - the father of the nation.

“You are the founding father,” Sir Allan said.

The former PM made the statement in relation to Sogavare’s comment on the Speaker during the heat of the debate on the Motion of No Confidence on August 10. Mr Sogavare told Sir Peter to excuse himself or he would be forced out in a vote.

But the Prime Minister yesterday said: “I have appropriately apologised and it’s been laid to rest.”

Source: Solomon Star

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