Konofilia family says sorry to PM Manele and GNUT members

Konofilia family says sorry to PM Manele and GNUT members

By Andrea Ma’hanua

A customary reconciliation ceremony between the Konofilia family and Prime Minister Jeremiah Manele was held at the Prime Minister’s Office today. 

The ceremony was to restore peace and unity after a member of the Konofilia family, Moffat Konofilia uttered unacceptable statements which targeted Prime Minister Manele and some members of the Government for National Unity and Transformation (GNUT) on social media.

The Konofilia family presented traditional shell money and woven baskets to the Prime Minister and GNUT members during the ceremony. 

Speaking on behalf of the family, Rex Konofilia strongly condemned and apologized for his younger brother’s actions. 

“The Konofilia family and our people are truly sad, and deeply regret the actions of our brother.”

Hon Prime Minister Jeremiah Manele, Deputy PM Bradley Tovosia, former PM Manasseh Sogavare and other members of GNUT posed for a group photo with the Konofilia family after the reconciliation ceremony | Photo: Prime Minister’s Secretariat/OPMC

Mr. Konofilia pleaded with the Prime Minister Manele, GNUT members and respective families to accept their apology. 

He also assured that the family is committed to resolving the issue, and are prepared to rebuild a relationship founded on trust and respect with those affected. 

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for for North Malaita Constituency, Hon Daniel Waneoroa apologized on behalf of the people of North Malaita. 

Hon Waneoroa, together with the Konofilia family, previously condemned the disrespectful statements via public posts on social media.   

Mr. Waneoroa emphasized, these condemnations reflect the true values and position of his people. 

In his response, Prime Minister Jeremiah Manele acknowledged the apology and efforts made to mend the situation.  

“Today’s act of humility by the Konofilia family clearly demonstrated that they choose peace over conflict, unity over disunity over disunity, progress over regression, love over hate.” 

“Solomon Islands as a Christian nation and diverse society cannot allow hatred to dictate its path”. 

“We choose peace and unity to shape our future, cooperation and love to shape our path…Today’s ceremony is a demonstration of such positiveness that we need to carry our country forward.”



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