The Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament, Manasseh Maelanga says Solomon Islands must not tolerate “spooky investors”.
The East Malaita MP made the statement following media reports suggesting he has ties to mining companies Bintang Borneo and Richmont Mining Limited.
Speaking yesterday, Mr Maelanga says he has no interest in the Indonesian mining company currently in the centre of the illegal bauxite mining and exporting saga in the country.
He also says he has disassociated himself from any connection with Bintang Borneo or Richmont Mining Limited.
He said the Independent Group takes any issue from a holistic view with national screens attached to it.
He says this means the law of the land must be adhered to and the policies of the government of the day must be aligned with relevant actions.
He says if the law for mining prospecting states that only a certain number of licenses can be issued, then anything above that requirement is illegal unless the government changes its policies and laws.
The Leader of the Independent Group adds the case of Bintang Borneo is no exception and the country must not tolerate spooky investors.
Meanwhile, the Independent Leader has called on the media to “be cautious in making unsubstantiated allegations.”
He said the media is “sloppy” and encourages journalists to “just call and ask us we will give you the explanations we have”.