16 Dec 2002

More payments likely for Solomons special constables after shooting at Prime Minister's house

5:45 pm on 16 December 2002

Solomon Islands acting police commissioner John Homelo says special constables from Marau involved in a shooting incident at the Prime Minister's house on Friday wanted the same payments that had been made to their colleagues a week earlier.

Mr Homelo says police guarded Sir Allen Kemakeza's house through the weekend, but he is confident their is now no threat to the Prime


The Marau special constables had just returned from the Weather Coast where they had been part of the team hunting rebel leader Harold Keke.

The special constable who fired the shots has been arrested, several weapons and two vehicles seized, while Mr Homelo has issued a warning to the group's leaders that action will be taken against them if there are further incidents.

Last week dozens of special constables forced the Government to pay unbudgetted allowances and John Homelo says the protesting Marau special constables wanted their outstanding wages to met as well.

"so most of the special constables has been paid last week, the first lot and the second lot even police officers and then only Marau and other regional special constables likely this week either today or tomorrow"