19 Aug 2017

Sacked minister accuses Solomons' PM of misappropriation

11:26 am on 19 August 2017
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Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare. Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

A sacked Solomon Islands' minister has accused the prime minister Manasseh Sogavare of misappropriating more than US$640,000 in funds.

Jimmy Lusibaea was sacked as infrastructure minister earlier this month, along with the minister for mines David Dei Pacha prompting a major cabinet reshuffle.

The Solomon Star reports Mr Lusibaea is calling for an investigation into the prime minister's use of a shipping grant meant for his constituency in Choiseul Province.

He said despite Mr Sogavare's grant being the largest received by any MP he bought an old boat worth less than US$25 thousand US dollars.

Mr Lusibaea says his constituents should ask the prime minister what he has done with the rest of the money.

Jimmy Lusibaea also dismissed reports that he had been sacked for underperforming saying his sacking was politically motivated.

Governor General Sir Frank Ofagiaro Kabui
welcomes the reinstated Minister for Infrastructure Development, Hon Jimmy
Lusibaea. 06-05-2016

Jimmy Lusibaea (L) and Sir Frank Ofagiaro Kabui (R) in 2016. Photo: Supplied