(MPGIS Press, 17th May 2022) The Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) is deeply concerned with an article published by Solomon Star on Tuesday 17th May (Issues No. 8137) alleging the involvement of the Ministry and its Permanent Secretary in the affairs of the Malaita Provincial Government, specifically in plotting against Suidani.
The information in the article was distorted, most of it totally untrue, ridiculous, malicious, disturbing and damaging to the work of the Ministry and its relations with our Provincial Governments especially Malaita. This is a big time joke that the PS of the Ministry gave out $10,000 to Members of Provincial Assembly to lure them from Premier Suidani.
It must be understood that the MPGIS is responsible for the Provinces by making sure that Provincial Governments operate within the ambit of the Provincial Act or in compliance and adherence to the PGA relevant Standing Orders, Financial Management Ordinance and a range of other ordinances and Acts of Parliament governing the affairs of our Provincial Governments.
In many occasions the Ministry is unintentionally caught up in the political affairs of Provincial Governments but it always strives to be impartial in its mitigation of the issues to ensure that programs in the Provinces are carried out with limited disturbances given that there are no opposition groupings in the Provincial Assembly.
It seems that there are certain individuals and groups in the political fraternity who always want to keep the “flames of hatred” between the Provinces and the National Government, burning. It is very sad to note that all efforts by the MPGIS to improving good governance and accountability in service delivery through infrastructure development has not been recognized and acknowledged by some members within our community.
Despite those wild unfounded allegations, the MPGIS is here to work with any Provincial Governments. The relationship between the MPGIS and Malaita Province and its Executive Government has been cordial and unshaken for the past years. The MPGIS Minister is also in good terms with the Premier and has always been very frank on governance issues faced by Malaita and other Provinces. The MPGIS maintains open door policy and welcomes anyone who has any issues with his/her Province.
The last thing the MPGIS would want is ‘political instability in the provincial level that obviously would do nothing good but increases uncertainty about future economic situations and policies which are recipes for demonstrations and violence that hinder development in our country.
The fabricated accusations have not only tarnished the Ministry but also destroyed the reputation and integrity of the PS of the Ministry as a man of principle and as a Senior Public Servant with 30 years’ experience who is well versed with professional standards and practices that are enshrined in the Public Service Regulations and Laws.
The article tantamount to nothing but allegations of bribery that constitutes a crime whereby both the offender and the recipient can be criminally charged. The Ministry with its PS vehemently condemns the accusations and encourage those concern to report the matter to the police for further investigation. The PS of the MPGIS is contemplating taking legal actions against the publishers, authors and those ‘sources from Auki’, for defamation of character.
It is clear now that there are ultra-motives by some elements who encourage and promote division and hostility between the MPG and the National Government. These may be the same elements who have accused a number of MPs, some religious leaders, Chiefs and the PS for involving in the alleged payment of bribes to MPAs to lure them out.
The PS/MPGIS call for calm and encourage cooperation and collaboration on the implementation of Government programs in Malaita Province. Last week the PS was in Malaita and had discussions with the Executive Government on Community Governance Issues, the PCDF, manpower issues, communications infrastructure and economic infrastructures programs.
“What we need now is to move forward with our development agendas and not to waste our time mudslinging We need to work together. Yes, there are certain elements whose only agendas and ultimate goals are to tarnish what the government is trying to do, but our concerns are with the people of Malaita (and other Provinces). We want services to be delivered to their doorsteps. We want them to have access to basic needs including health, education, infrastructure development, community participation and a whole lot of other developmental issues” the PS stated.