13 Jun 2006

Solomons PM said to have come under pressure to dump cabinet ministers on remand

3:25 pm on 13 June 2006

The second of two ministers newly appointed to the Solomon Islands government is due to be sworn in today.

Isaac Inoke will be the new police minister, replacing Charles Dausabea, who was appointed to the post by the Prime Minister, despite being on remand for inciting riots in Honiara.

A new tourism minster, Bently Samuel Ragosamani, was sworn in last Friday to replace Nelson Ne'e who is also on remand after being charged in connection with the uprising.

A government advisor, Johnson Honimae says there was work waiting to be done and the posts needed to be properly filled.

He says the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, was coming under pressure over his decision to appoint ministers who were facing criminal charges:

"He's had a lot of criticisms coming in from the public here locally and of course from overseas. from Australia from New Zealand of course, and multi lateral organisations like the European Union."

Solomon Islands government advisor, Johnson Honimae