Guale chief supports Suidani’s CDF move

Guadalcanal Premier, Francis Sade has thrown support behind Malaita Premier's move to take the RCDF issue to court.
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A CHIEF on North Guadalcanal, Benedict Garimane has welcomed the move by Malaita Province to mount a judicial review in court on the infamous RCDF or CDF Scheme.

Premier Daniel Suidani is looking at seeking the High Court for a judicial review on this subject matter, in an effort to determine the Constitutionality of this scheme. 

Garimane said it was long overdue and a move that would help to put things right.

He said for many decades, millions were disbursed under the CDF to Members of Parliament but with little to show for in development.

Garimane said many people are living under poverty with no proper education and infrastructure, despite millions under the RCDF.

Premier Suidani pointed out that under the Constitution of Solomon Islands there are the three arms of the Government, the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. 

The three arms have powers and functions that are separated but support each other making sure there are checks and balances in the governing of the country.

The RCDF or CDF Scheme is a scheme where elected members of parliament who are legislators were allocated funds to carry out activities in the name of development in their constituencies. 

The scheme is administered and managed by the Ministry of Rural Development with the Constituency Development Office.

Similar court cases on CDF were conducted in places like Kenya and elsewhere. As leaders, the premier said he is duty bound to ensure the court makes determination on the legality of this scheme.

It is well known amongst Solomon Islanders and beyond that the RCDF Scheme is a controversial one and has had its fair share of criticisms. 

Many even believed that one of the biggest negative effects of the scheme is that it perpetuated a dependency syndrome and creates a handout mentality in many quarters of Solomon Islands communities.

The Premier said once he had a good picture on how to proceed with the matter, he will make a public statement and a call for support from those who feel they shared the same view.