8 Jul 2011

Official residence of Solomons PM has run into disrepair, says govt

6:44 pm on 8 July 2011

The Solomon Islands government says the Prime Minister's residence has run into disrepair since the last occupant vacated it.

The Prime Minister Danny Philip has chosen not to stay in the house at Vavaya Ridge in Central Honiara because his office says it has deteriorated after his predecessor, Dr Derek Sikua, vacated it last April.

The Solomon Star newspaper reports the Ministry of Infrastructure's permanent secretary, Moses Virivolomo, as saying the government was still deciding on whether to repair it or build a new residence.

He said whether work on the house will begin depends on funding, and that currently no one is staying inside the residence.

Since his election, Mr Philip has rented the property of a fellow MP in West Honiara.

The opposition has questioned whether this is a conflict of interest.