9 Nov 2005

Solomons MP says he was sacked from cabinet for being 20 minutes late

4:50 pm on 9 November 2005

An MP in Solomon Islands says he was effectively sacked from cabinet for being 20 minutes late for a session of parliament.

The prime minister's office says Bernard Ghiro was removed from the post of minister for infrastructure development because he wasn't in the chamber when his crucial vote was needed on a constitutional amendment.

Mr Ghiro accepts the prime minister's decision, but he says he'll raise his concerns about it.

Prime minister Kemakeza has sacked 10 cabinet ministers since the arrival of the regional assistance mission; six of these have faced criminal charges.

Mr Ghiro says he did no wrong.

"I'm very careful because I've been mandated by my people and I don't want to cause disappointment to my voters."

The prime minister's office has ruled out any suggestion the sackings follow a perceived pattern.