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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sir Alan Kemakeza should be reprimanded for misleading parliament: Sogavare


Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has refuted claims that the government has offered the Governor General post to the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Edmund Andresen.

The MP for Savo/Russells, Sir Alan Kemakeza alleged in parliament last week that Mr Andresen had told him in a personal conversation of being offered the post of Governor General.

However Mr Andresen denied the claim by Sir Alan in the ‘Letter to the Editor’ column of the Solomon Star Newspaper.

Mr Sogavare told Parliament yesterday that he was disgusted by the claims as Mr Andresen would be the last person the government would think of for the ‘high office.’

“How can we possibly do that when his conduct is the subject of a tribunal hearing which will certainly see his removal along with members of the commission (Public Service Commission) from office,” he said.

Mr Andresen will face a tribunal for working against the government’s appointment of the Attorney General, Julian Moti.

The Prime Minister said if Sir Alan thinks he could convince parliament with the ‘garbage’ claim he must think again.

Mr Sogavare said Mr Andresen’s denial of Sir Alan’s claim was a slap to the MP for Savo/Russells.

The Prime Minister said Sir Alan should be reprimanded for misleading parliament.

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