Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has refuted insinuations by former Parliamentarian, Mr Nolen Leni and the Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament, Hon Derek Sikua that he was involved in events leading up to the 5th June 2000 coup.
A government statement says the Leader of the Independent Group has insinuated in a Media Statement that the Prime Minister was involved in the events leading up to the coup and urged the Prime Minister to tell the truth about these events to nation.
Dr Sikua’s statement followed a Letter to the Editor in the Solomon Star by former Parliamentarian, Mr Leni, stating that the Prime Minister is the right person to tell the nation about those who were involved in the unfortunate events because he knows about them.
But the Prime Minister says he is totally astounded why Mr Leni and the Leader of the Independent Group see it fit to make defamatory implications against him regarding a chain of events he has no involvement in and knowledge about and then eventually ask him to tell the truth about them to the nation.
Mr Sogavare urges Mr Leni or the Leader of the Independent Group to disclose the evidence to the public and provide them to the Police for investigation if they have any evidence of any involvement that he may have had in those events as failure to do so would leave him with no option but to seek legal redress.
In an earlier article, Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua said in an earlier statement, the Prime Minister’s National Apology on Tuesday 5th July, 2006 is farcical, a mockery and a deliberate attempt at covering up past illegal activities and wrongdoing by certain individuals.
Dr. Sikua also questions, how can the Prime Minister blame governments that came into power after 2003 for what happened, and in any case, why is he blaming everyone and everything else when he himself knew exactly what happened prior to and during the June, 5th 2000 Coup.
Another prominent Guadalcanal Leader, former MP, and Paramount Chief of Kolokarako, in the highlands of Guadalcanal Mr. Nollen Leni asked the Prime Minister to among other things honestly and truthfully explain who was involved in the distribution of guns and ammunition to the youths at Black Post.
Mr. Leni also wants the Prime Minister to further reveal the identity of those involved in the forced break-in of the Rove Police Armoury in the early hours of 5th June, 2000.
He urge PM Sogavare to honestly and frankly answer these questions otherwise, he should understand why some leaders and their people are still finding it difficult to take part in peace activities.