16 Feb 2010

Solomons political party headed by the Opposition Leader launched

3:59 pm on 16 February 2010

A new political party in Solomon Islands has highlighted what it claims are extreme examples of gross injustice to the people of Western Province.

Speaking at the launch of the Ownership, Unity and Responsibility Party in the provincial capital Gizo, the interim party president, Manasseh Sogavare said landowners had received little pay for millions of dollars worth of logs exported from the province.

The Solomon Times reports that the opposition leader says that despite large amounts of economic activity in the province, there has been little improvement in grants for government services.

Manasseh Sogavare said indigenous people on New Georgia and Kolombangara, whose forests have been harvested and land used for forest plantations, have been patient throughout the years.