3 Oct 2013

Solomon Islands police supportive of People's Petition: civil society

2:49 pm on 3 October 2013

Civil society groups in Solomon Islands say the acting police commissioner and her executive are very supportive of the contents of a petition calling on the prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to resign.

The Joint Civil Society Group has given Juanita Matanga 14 days' notice of its intention to hold a public forum on the people's petition.

The interim chairperson, Barnabas Henson, says the group had expected resistance from police but this week's meeting was very productive.

Mr Henson says that is because the petition raises issues over where the present form of governance is leading the country, issues he describes as common knowledge among the people.

"As we progress it, we explain to people the issues that are contained in the petition. And as the realisation hits them, we seem to be gaining more and more and more support from ordinary people."

Barnabas Henson says Juanita Matanga has appointed Honiara city's police commander as a liaison between civil society and the commissioner's office.