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Tovosia hits back at Axiom and Wale

MINISTER of Mines, Energy & Rural Electrification, Bradley Tovosia has hit back at Axiom Chief Executive Officer Ryan Mount and Opposition Leader, Matthew Wale for accusing him of illegal mining dealings.

Prior to the April 3 National General Elections, Mount accused Tovosia of issuing a Letter of Intent over San Jorge in Isabel to Bintan Mining when he already knew Axiom already has a pending application.

However, Tovosia has defended himself in media saying the decision was made by the Minerals Board.

Tovosia’s war of words with Mount has attracted the attention of Wale, who is the Parliamentary wing leader of Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP).

Wale called on the then Prime Minister to remove Tovosia as Acting Mines Minister for alleged corruption.

He had demanded Tovosia be sacked immediately and a full investigation launched into the allegations.

Speaking in Parliament during the Sine Die motion recently, Tovosia said his name was tarnished before the election by Axiom.

He said he will bring the Mines and Minerals Act to cabinet before tabling in Parliament for amendment to reflect the people’s wish.

Further to that, Tovosia said it’s not good for Wale to call on the Prime Minister to sack him.

He said there was no respect and culture in Wale’s approach to ask the PM to sack him.

Tovosia first entered Parliament in 2010.

Prior to that, he was the Member of Provincial Assembly in Guadalcanal.