BEING HEAD OF STATE IS ABOVE DAY’S POLITICS: SIR FRANK

Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui delivering his speech during Queen's Birthday celebrations yesterday in Honiara. Photo credit: SIBC.

Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui delivering his speech during Queen’s Birthday celebrations yesterday in Honiara. Photo credit: SIBC.

Governor General, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui says being the Queen’s representative in Solomon Islands is above the politics of the day.

Sir Frank Kabui made this statement during his Queen’s birthday speech yesterday, emphasising on challenges faced during his time in office.

Sir Frank said this means the Governor General should not concern himself with Government policies and their implementation.

He says the Governor General may only give helpful opinions, views or advice to the government of the day, which is not binding on the government of the day.

“The Governor General being the representative of Her Majesty the Queen is above politics of the day. What this means is that the Governor General should not concern himself with government policies and their implementation. The Governor General may however express helpful opinions, views or even give advise, but such is not binding on the government of the day.”

Sir Frank adds, the Governor General is expected to deal with challenges under the Constitution and the Law.

Meanwhile, Sir Frank Kabui said he has no room to encourage wantok system or operate on personal convenience during his term as Governor General.

He says encouraging such system is a form of corruption at the highest level that he will not be part of.

“There is no room for me to play the wantok system or operate on personal or group convenience. Anything of that sort is corruption at the highest level. I will not be part of it. It has nothing to do with being strict, if being strict is the correct understanding or interpretation of the law so be it, there is no issue.”

The Governor General adds, he cannot take such action against the Constitution even if requested by the Government.

He said this is to encourage a Solomon Islands that is free of corruption.

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