Kehosi denies compensation claim

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MEMBER of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for ward 31 (Luaniua) in Malaita Outer Islands (MOI), John Kehosi says he doesn’t know of any compensation claim reported in the media of Malaita’s non-executives.

The MPA made the statement when queried on an alleged claimed of $160,000 and 16 tafulia’e to be paid to 16 MPA on the non-executive bench of MPG to reconcile with MARA government.

According to the report, the claim was purposely to recompense the non-executives for unacceptable language supporters of MARA government had made at them during last year’s failed motion of no-confidence.

In denying knowledge of the reports, Kehosi said:

“Recently, I was phoned by colleague MPA for ward 11, Hon Elijah Asilaua and informed me on a proposed reconciliation with MARA government.

“He asked me if I could find any possible mean to get to Honiara or Auki to prepare for the reconciliation ahead of the upcoming budget meeting.

“Currently, I’am with my people in Luaniua and I’m trying my luck amidst this difficult times to get to Honiara and Auki to sort things out.

“And I must say, I’m whole heartedly ready to reconcile with MARA government over past grievances and work collectively together for the good of the province,” Kehosi said.

Thus, the MPA said the way forward is to put things right amongst them leaders and move forward.

He said he’s still in Luaniua and awaiting to get any available transport to Auki ahead of the upcoming budget meeting.