ACTING PM TO RENBELL FOR SECOND APPOINTED DAY

Acting Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Maelanga. Photo credit: GCU.

Acting Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Maelanga. Photo credit: GCU.

Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga will be attending the Rennell and Bellona Second Appointed Day celebrations, which will be held tomorrow on the Island of Bellona.

A statement from the Government Communications Unit today says, the Acting Prime Minister is leading a high level delegation comprising four other Ministers and senior Government officials.

The Province’s second appointed day is officially on July 20, but the Province is celebrating the event tomorrow.

Ministers enlisted to accompany the Acting Prime Minister include the Environment Minister Bradley Tovosia, Peace and National Unity Minister Hypolite Taremae, Forestry Minister Dickson Mua and Minister for Culture and Tourism, Samuel Manetoali.

Acting Prime Minister Maelanga and his delegation leave for Bellona on a chartered Solomon Airlines flight tomorrow morning.

In another development, Ministers of the Rennell Bellona Provincial Government have staged a mass resignation in protest of Premier Lence Tango’s leadership style.

Clerk to the Assembly, Victor Maitaki told SIBC News today, Provincial Speaker Norman Sao received copy of a joint resignation letter from members of the Government executive on Saturday.

In the letter, the Executive Provincial Assembly Members said they are disappointed in the Premier’s leadership style, his management of provincial finances and the administration of the entire province.

The Provincial Assembly Clerk explains his office now awaits further instruction from the Ministry of Provincial Government.

“The office of the Speaker, which I am heading will only listen to whatever cause of action the Ministry of Provincial Government will direct us to take, especially the responsible Minister’s thoughts on whether the Ministry will take over and administer the province until fresh elections or calls for an immediate meeting of the assembly and one of the core issues to settle during that meeting would be the election of a new premier.”

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