30 Mar 2017

Phone bill for Solomons MP tops 50K

10:15 am on 30 March 2017

An unnamed MP in the Solomon Islands who wracked up $US51,300 on his monthly phone bill has caused a public outcry in the country.

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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

The Solomon Star reported clerk to Parliament Clezy Rore revealed this during a recent Public Accounts Committee meeting on the 2017 Supplementary Bill.

Mr Rore said Parliament was seriously concerned with the rising cost of telephone bills incurred by Members of Parliament.

He was responding to questions asked by committee members on how bills to the local Telekom had risen from $US141,000 to $US461,000.

Mr Rore said his office learnt that the rising costs were related to the use of roaming sim cards by Members of Parliament and he said he feared they would continue to rise.

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