The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement wishes to correct the leader of the Parliamentary opposition’s media statement claiming that the Prime Minister’s $200,000 NDF is not for development but for political expediency. This is not true.
The NDF was first established by the ROC when they provided these funds for discretionary use by the Prime Minister. Previous Prime Ministers have exercised their discretion in allocating these funds. However, when ROC gave these funds they did not require that these funds be used for development projects.
This has now changed under the Peoples Republic China but only until 2022. This arrangement is to ensure a transitionary period after we switched diplomatic relations and will end in 2022. However, under PRC, the NDF will only be used for development projects upon application.
It says, Opposition MPs may wish to submit their proposals to the Prime Minister’s Office if they wish to.
Wale’s false ignorance is shameful.
It is NOT the PRC’s intention to interfere with national politics nor an egregious breach of Solomon Islands sovereignty as Mr. Wale erroneously claimed.
PRC does not even intend this to undermine the government’s ability to maintain semblance of independence in its foreign policy, far from it.
These funds are for developing the constituencies through projects. For example, these NDF was used in the Marovo Constituency to connect the hospital to the main power grid, repainting of the full hospital, electrical rewiring and refitting, purchase and installation of ceiling fans and air cons. Hon. Wale was there last week during the inquiry into the Public Health Emergency Bill, yet he has accused the Government of using the funds for political purposes when these funds were actually used to benefit the sick people of Marovo Constituency.
The politicization of the diplomatic switch to PRC overt and covert by some of our politicians is becoming childish and tedious. We should all be focusing on development and not on politicking.