The Joint Civil Society Groups & Concerned Citizens has called on parliament to immediately table and pass a motion-of-no-confidence on the Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.
This is for lack of honesty, transparency, and accountability to the people of Solomon Islands and his recent desertion of the NCRA government in the election of the Governor-General.
In a media statement, the group’s Interim Chairman, Barnabas Henson says, Mr Lilo continues to show a lack of confidence in his own Deputy Prime Minister and his other senior cabinet ministers.
He says, the Prime Minister’s actions shows himself as judge, jury, and executioner by undermining constitutional powers of his ministers and constitutional offices like the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Mr Henson says Prime Minister Lilo has proven that he has no regard for the principle of ‘separation of powers’ and has overstepped his jurisdiction on many occasions.
He says the current political scenario establishes that Mr Lilo no longer commands respect from members of the NCRA government.
Meanwhile, Press Secretary to Prime Minister, Douglas Marau describes Mr Henson’s claims as “baseless and confusing”.
Mr Marau says Mr Henson has no right to call on Parliament for a no-confidence motion to be tabled against the Prime Minister.
He says Mr Henson must accept the fact that it will never happen adding, it is not the first time Mr Henson has called on the Prime Minister to step down because he has his own personal vendetta.
Mr Marau says as always, the Prime Minister has the unconditional support of his government members and this has always been demonstrated since his election as Prime Minister.
On the Prime Minister sidestepping his jurisdiction, Mr Marau says Prime Minister Lilo has always maintained respect for the three arms of government and never interfered with its functions.
He adds, Mr Henson clearly showed disrespectfulness to the democratic process of the Governor-General’s elections and therefore he should refrain from making unfounded claims.
Reiterating Namson Tran’s statement in yesterday’s paper, the Press Secretary says NCRA remains solid and intact.