OPPOSITION CLAIMS PM MISLED PEOPLE OVER BUSINESS INTAKES

Inside the National Parliament. Photo credit: National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

Inside the National Parliament. Photo credit: National Parliament of Solomon Islands.

The Parliamentary Opposition Group has claimed Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has misled the nation about the amount his family business; the EMS Enterprises is receiving per month under the Ministry of Communication and Aviation airport contracts.

In a statement today, the Opposition Group says the Prime Minister has misled the people of this country on the floor of Parliament when he said that EMS Enterprises receives $18,000 per month, when in fact, documents obtained showed EMS Enterprises instead receives $40,000 per month.

The Opposition has claimed to obtain a document which shows EMS Enterprises received $80,000 in the months of March and April 2015 and $40,000 consecutively in the months of May and June this year.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Opposition said the Prime Minister’s family business has received $16,000 from March to June this year.

The statement revealed that the block offered under the contract is coded as LANDSIDE BLOCK 9.

The Parliamentary Opposition said it is aware that the contract is still ongoing.

It adds, this indicates by December 2015, the Prime Minister’s family business would be receiving a total of $240,000 from the months of July to December; a total of around $480,000 in one year.

SIBC News understands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has said he will reply to such claims only on the floor of Parliament.

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