3 Jan 2014

Solomons PM's financial pledges queried

5:55 am on 3 January 2014

A former Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Ezekiel Alebua, has heavily criticised the Prime Minister for what he describes as giving out state money left and right to communities he has visited.

Mr Alebua believes the money being given by Gordon Darcy Lilo may not have been budgeted for in neither 2013 nor 2014.

He made the comments in Honiara after announcements that Mr Lilo ha made pledges worth millions of dollars to various communities.

Mr Alebua says he hopes the state does not have to fork out the money from its purse to meet the commitments.

He says while the gestures are noble, they should be paid out from Mr Lilo's discretionary fund.