29 Aug 2008

Solomons parliament decides to regulate Rural Constituency Development Fund

6:10 pm on 29 August 2008

The Solomon Islands parliament has overwhelmingly passed a private members motion to regulate the so-called Rural Constituency Development Fund.

The motion had been presented by an opposition MP Patteson Oti who says this will ensure proper accountability of the funding.

Mr Oti says at the moment MPs are not required to produce a report on how they spend the money.

He says the Fund has taken up so time of MPs who need to act as financial managers and not as legislators.