Malaita peace office questioned

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Malaita Provincial Peace and Reconciliation Office in Auki.
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BY SAMIE WAIKORI

Auki

THE Malaita province peace and reconciliation office is being accused for not working with the restoration group of Malaita’s former combatants (SIPCRRA).

Leader of the Solomon Island Post Conflict Restoration Rehabilitation Association, Mr Moses Ako said, “Under the programmes SIPCRRA is one among the recommended stakeholder in the province to work with Malaita Provincial Peace Office on the programme.

“But as the programmes implemented, we always not part of them and even knew nothing about the programmes.

“Reason is unknown to us, and we ask MPPRO to explain to us. So with that SIPCRRA Malaita don’t know whether they are truly implementing the programmes or not.”

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Ako claims that many people in Malaita do not know anything regarding peace programmes carried out by the province’s peace office. And, he says this indicates that the personnel in that office are not doing their jobs.

“Another thing I want clarification on is the reason MPPRO refuses to work with SIPCRRA on those programmes.

“As a body responsible for restoration of peace in the province just as MPPRO, we feel to be part of any peace processes in the province.”

However, the SIPCRRA leader reiterated his call for MPPRO to explain his call on issues of concern he raised.

He said peace in the province is everyone’s business and it requires everyone as well to work for it.

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